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Jane Muigai

Jane Wanjiru Muigai | Our sisterhood is global

I first learned of Jane Wanjiru Muigai Kamphuis watching the HBO documentary, A Small Act. The film told the story of Chris Mburu—Jane’s cousin—whose primary education in a rural village in Kenya was sponsored by a woman he’d never met in Sweden. Both Jane and Mburu grew up to become Harvard-educated human rights lawyers, and one day, Mburu got the idea for the two of them to start their own […]

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Immaculee Ilibagiza

Immaculée Ilibagiza | Surviving genocide

Immaculée Ilibagiza was a 22-year-old engineering student at the National University of Rwanda in 1994 when life as she had known it came to a horrific end. Over the course of approximately one hundred days following the assassination of Hutu president Juvénal Habyarimana, the remaining Hutu leadership, supported by the national army, local military and civil officials, mass media and ordinary Hutus, carried out the slaughter of as many as […]

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Malidoma Somé: Once upon a time, the West too was indigenous

Malidoma Somé was given his name by his village elders while he was still in his mother’s womb.  Malidoma means one who “makes friends with the stranger/enemy.”  Thus, Malidoma’s destiny was written before he was born, although he was left to discover the details on his own. When Malidoma was a small boy he was taken from his village by a Jesuit priest and brought to a boarding school more […]

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