Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Meet Kami, the HIV+ Muppet

A far cry from the innocent days of Rowlf...

As the children's show Sesame Street celebrates its 40th anniversary this month, premiering its new season today, one Muppet named Kami, on its South African edition, continues to help combat and raise awareness about HIV/AIDS.

Takalani Sesame, the South African Sesame Street co-production, made international news in September, 2002 when they introduced Kami, the world's first HIV-positive Muppet. Kami's name is derived from kamogelo, which means acceptance or welcome in Zulu, Sesotho, and Setswana. Kami has also made appearances at UNICEF events and at the Peabody Awards. For her US appearances, Kami is performed by Fran Brill.


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