Sowing Hope Amidst War and Rape in the Congo

Zawadi Nikuze

A Democratic Republic of Congo native who works with rape survivors there will discuss her community healing and rebuilding efforts during an upcoming Redlands presentation.

Zawadi Nikuze will speak Monday, May 24 at 7 p.m. in the University’s Casa Loom Room. The event is free and open to the public.

The 33-year-old has been involved in a number of community healing and rebuilding efforts since she was a teen, and has had an up-close look at the heartache created by war.

She has counseled rape survivors, worked with families displaced by the war, and conducted Healing and Rebuilding Our Coming workshops for rape survivors and workshop facilitators.

When she was in high school, Nikuze was involved with a youth group that promoted peace through drama and songs, and also provided support to street children.

She earned a college degree from Evelyne College in Kenya and moved to Rwanda in 1999 to begin work with an outreach program for street children.

She also has done consulting work with Change Agents for Peace, World Relief, and other organizations, first in Kenya and then in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

She is a member of the Religious Society of Friends and speaks fluent Swahili, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, French and English.

The University has a long tradition of encouraging and supporting study abroad.

More than 47 percent of Redlands undergraduates participate in study abroad programs.

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