Despite the trauma suffered by the students involved with Action Kivu, many of them have been willing to share their stories (some in their own words) so you may better understand the challenges they're attempting to overcome. In respect of the privacy of those who asked us, we've changed their names, did not include their photograph or both.
Evelyn
Evelyn’s mother thought she had no other way to support her daughter’s education than to sell her land, land rights that for a woman in Congo are precious and rare. After her husband was killed in the 1996 war, Evelyn’s mother was granted the land by her late husband’s family, because she had sons to inherit the property when they came of age...read more...
Ernata
Ernata was her Christian name, she told us, but her grandfather also named her Barhadosa. "Simply because my mother was suffering a lot," she explained. "She was facing domestic violence, and when she gave birth to me, my grandfather said my name would be Barhadosa...read more...
Dorcas
Dorcas was only 13 years old when Rwandan rebels (FDLR) attacked Kasika-Mwenga, her home village in 2005. One of her sisters was killed in the attack and Dorcas was raped by two of the attackers. She became pregnant...read more...
Ntaboba
Ntaboba is 14, a slight boy with a wide smile that is often masked by his look of concentration. Ntaboba, who attends school with the help of Action Kivu's education assistance program, is focused. Focused on school, on his dreams of becoming a doctor, and on walking without the crutches he used to depend upon...read more...
M'Mihigo Esther
My name is M'Mihigo. My husband was shot and killed at hour home during Laurent Nkunda and Mutebusi's attack on Bukavu in 2004. I have nine children and only two of them are still going to school because of our financial difficulties...read more...
Eugenie
My name is Eugenie and I was born in Rwanda-Kigali but today am living in the DRC. I have two children. When the 1994 genocide war broke out in Rwanda, I was living at my brother's home in Kigali when the Interahamwe (Hutu militia) came to kill our family because we are Tutsi...read more...
Bujana
Bujana's parents were killed when the forces of rebel Congolese General Laurent Nkunda attacked Bukavu in 2004. Her father was killed and Kujana was raped...read more...
Kahumba
My name is Kahumba and I am 23 years old. The night of May 26 is a night I will never be able to forget. We were sleeping in our house when we heard a lot of commotion...read more...
Mirenge
I am Mirenge. My father was killed last year by Interahamwe (Rawandan Hutu militia). It's now about one and a half months since the Interahamwe came to attack our village... read more....