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My Passion for Building Peace in Congo | Enough

“I understand that I must do something to advocate for peace by uniting my experiences and knowledge with organizations which believe in human rights.”

Congolese student Georges Iyamuremye’s story and learn why he is committed to bringing peace to his country.

My name is Georges Nzabanita Iyamuremye and I am from the Democratic Republic of Congo. I am a student at Georgetown College in Kentucky finishing my last semester of undergraduate studies. I was born, grew up and studied in Rutshuru in the North Kivu province and I went to college in Nairobi, Kenya. Since 1996, I have been surrounded by rebel armies and local militias all violently competing for power in the midst of a crowded civilian population with no infrastructure. In 1996, I lost two cousins who were killed by rebels fronted by the late president Laurent Kabila. In addition, my younger sister and her friends were victims of a mass rape by the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda or FDLR, in my village. My family was forced to leave in fear of torture, rape, looting and killings in our neighborhoods by the FDLR together with the local militia. My family and many of our fellow villagers are still living as internally displaced persons, or IDPs, in Congo.

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