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Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe is Bringing Hope and Independence to Women of Uganda

Uganda faced brutal conflict for over 25 years, terrorized by warlord Joseph Kony, whose “Lord’s Resistance Army” abducted children and forced them to fight against their communities and families. Today the war is over, but for child soldiers and the girls who were forced into sex slavery, recovery has only just begun. 

After living through the horror of Kony’s reign, Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe is working to bring hope to the people of Uganda, specifically the women and girls who were abducted. She runs Saint Monica’s Vocational School in Gulu, Uganda, where she teaches young women the skills they need to be independent and provide for their families and themselves. 

In 2014, Sister Rosemary was named one of the 100 Most Influential People according to Time magazine. As Forest Whitaker wrote, “For girls who were forcibly enlisted as child soldiers, Sister Rosemary has the power to rekindle a bright light in eyes long gone blank. For women with unwanted children born out of conflict, she allows them to become loving mothers at last.” 

Whitaker narrated a documentary about Sister Rosemary’s life, Sewing Hope, which is available to watch on Netflix. In this BUILD, Sister Rosemary discusses her story with Penny Abeywardena, head of the NYC Mayor’s Office for International Affairs. Tune in to this link at 4:30 pm EST to watch the interview live.