Humanitarian, Activist & Congolese Genocide Survivor
When ethnic violence engulfed the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the late 1990s, Rose Mapendo was imprisoned with her family. Her harrowing experience included the nighttime arrest of her entire family by government agents, the execution of her husband, the birth of their twin sons in prison, and grim negotiations with prison guards to save the lives of her children. She emerged from this experience advocating forgiveness and reconciliation. In a country where ethnic violence has created seemingly irreparable rifts among Tutsis, Hutus, and other Congolese, this remarkable woman is a vital voice in her beleaguered nation’s search for peace. Read More >
Pushing the Elephant
Genocide in the Congo
"Rose did a phenomenal job. Her message was perfect for our culture and fit nicely with our diversity program. So many people were blessed and really touched to hear her inspiring message. Thank you for all of your help in arranging this event."
"What a way to kick off the college's Pan African Conference this week! She set the bar pretty high for passionate commitment to one's cause. We were blessed to hear her story and to know more about her campaign for forgiveness, mercy and peacemaking.
Thanks so much for facilitating Ms. Mapendo's visit. She was a true inspiration to us all."
"I wanted to send a personal thank you for everything! Ms. Mapendo [was an] extraordinary speaker. [Her] powerful message has reached many at Colgate. Both SORT and Urban Theatre benefited heavily from [her] presence on campus."
"Rose’s presentation was moving and passionate. She showed the audience how to turn darkness into light by moving beyond the terrible things that happened to her and her family to help make this a better world. I know the audience of over 300 students was very touched by her talk."
"It was a powerful program from Rose. She speaks from the heart and it touched our hearts in a way that will generate some activism, I think. I appreciated the level of emotional intensity. How does she do it program after program? We packed Wanamaker Hall: about 250 in attendance. It was mostly students, which we find gratifying. We felt blessed and as if we definitely got our money’s worth."