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Trying to get an education in a war zone

Amos working on hostel budget

We met Amos in 2011 when we visited Bunagana, DR Congo. Amos heads the local group of Coburwas. Coburwas is a youth leadership organization working for the community, attainable education and peace in the Congo. At the time of our visit they were working on a hostel project, a place for students to stay so they didn’t have to walk for miles to attend school each day. Some of the students walk as much as 5 miles one-way. This project never got off the ground in part because in 2012 the area saw renewed rebel activity. In 2013 we saw Amos at the Kyangwali refugee settlement with the hopes of returning to school someday. He is a bright and honest young man.

School Amos had attended before recent rebel activity in Bunagana
Hostel they had wanted to rent
Hostel they had wanted to rent



Diane Ezeji's picture

I hope through your voice

I hope through your voice that help will come to Amos and his hostel.

Diane Ezeji

PeopleWeaver's picture


Thanks for reading. I like writing with personal information about the people. Jeanne

Brigitte Mawazo Kyalondawa's picture


je viens de lire votre journal qui parle bien du grand travail que vous faites pour les jeunes du Rwanda.Je suis à Bukavu et je connais bien la situation difficile que connaissent les élèves de Bugarama.Courage.Mais je voudrais vous inviter à venir aussi au Congo.
Muraho neza?Amakuru?
I just read your newspaper talking about the great work you do for the youth of Bukavu Rwanda.Je am and I know the difficult situation faced by students Bugarama.Courage.Mais I invite you to come as the Congo.
Muraho neza? Amakuru?


PeopleWeaver's picture


Thanks for your interest in Amos and the people of Bunagana.

The last I heard many people of Bunagana were going to Uganda during the night and returning during the day to farm. During our visit we went to one school where several years earlier the rebels had used the desks as firewood. I just don't think organizations are going to want to invest money in that area because of the rebels. The area is considered important by many because it's so close to the Ugandan border. I hope none of the people we met there were killed or raped. Horrible situation.

I think talking and spreading knowledge of the people is important, hopefully it brings awareness of the situation.


Aminah's picture

Wishing the best of luck to the work

It is heartwarming to hear what people like Amos are doing for a positive change in their societies.
We need more people like him and also you - to amplify their voices. :)


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