[LISTEN] Helena Kriel opens up about 'The Year of Facing Fire'

Helena Kriel penned a heartfelt memoir The Year of Facing Fire about her brother Evan who was diagnosed with HIV/AIDS.

Kriel says writing and getting the book published was a challenge as she was uncertain whether the book would come to life after she was rejected by countless publishers.

Eusebius McKaiser talks to Kriel about the book and what it means to her.

My brother was on the list of the first twenty people in South Africa that were diagnosed with HIV. Nobody even knew what HIV was. My siblings didn't know he was diagnosed with HIV because our parents decided not to disclose to us.

Helena Kriel, Author

My brother and my father were both diagnosed with terminal diseases in the same month. My father had lung cancer and my brother HIV.

Helena Kriel, Author

We went through three years of my father's illness and at the end of that my father died and my mother made that decision that we just got through that trial by fire.

Helena Kriel, Author

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