Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Message from Congo’s humanitarian heroine

Sister Angélique Namaika won this year’s Nansen Refugee Award [$1,00,000/€75,000]. Sister Angélique, a Congolese nun has been pivotal in helping rehabilitate hundreds of women who have been raped and abused by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and other groups in the remote north-east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). 

The message I would like to give to civil society is the following: in everything you do you need courage and be able to give yourselves to accomplish your objectives even if there are obstacles on the road. You have to accept volunteer work without waiting for an immediate benefit. In addition, it is important to love the work we do and to be diligent. It is important too, to be … to go beyond the criticism. We must trust in god and what we do. If what we do is good, we must continue to do so.

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