Mugisho Ndabuli founded Cofapri, or Congolese Females Action for Promoting Rights and Development, with Bahati Valerie, his wife, The organization, originally based in Bukavu, South Kivu Province, Congo, has moved temporarily to Kigali, Rwanda. It supports women and girls who are victims of domestic violence and who are raped. It also helps support their fatherless children. A father of two, Ndabuli holds a master's degree in conflict resolution and peace studies and is working on his doctorate in gender and development at the University of KwaZulu Natal in South Africa.
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The eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo has been experiencing cyclical wars since 1996, when the so-called war of liberation began. The fighting started in South Kivu Province and spread throughout the whole country, then called Zaire, until …