Sylvie (DR Congo)


Sylvie Bisangwa

Sylvie (Sos Femmes en Danger – SOSFED): Sylvie was born in Butare, Rwanda, and moved from Kigali to Kampala and Alberta, Canada. She arrived in the United States as a permanent resident in 1994. She received a BA in Government and a BS in Communication from the University of Texas at Austin in 2004. She then worked on anti-sex trafficking and immigrant rights campaigns in Washington D.C. and Austin, Texas. In 2008, Sylvie was selected as a legal intern for the National Service of Gacaca Jurisdictions in Kigali, Rwanda. She received her J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School, with a concentration in International Law, in 2010. After her fellowship, Sylvie wrote: “I learned that I can follow something through even though at times it seems impossible."



27 Oct

Ahadi Quilt Part One Officially Put to Rest

Yesterday, I sent approximately 100 Ahadi tiles to quilters in Washington, D.C. and Lansing, Michigan.

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Posted Oct 27, 2010

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11 Oct

Wrapping up the Project in Kikonde: A Bittersweet Event

Two weeks after my last trip to South Kivu, I needed to check in at

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Posted Oct 11, 2010

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19 Sep

Quilting in Congo: the good, the good, and the Wrinkled

The immobilizing fear I used to feel while traveling in the eastern DRC has subsided.

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Posted Sep 19, 2010

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12 Sep

Giving away the tiles—Ahadi Begins

There is no mistaking the massacre memorials found on the sides of roads in almost

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Posted Sep 12, 2010

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07 Sep

Planning a Story Quilt: The Beginning Stages of the Ahadi Project

The complexity of the SOS FED quilt project required extensive planning taking place over several

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Posted Sep 07, 2010

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03 Sep

SOS FED Bridges Education Gap for Young Beneficiary

While conducting interviews with nearly 60 SOS FED beneficiaries in Mboko recently, they frequently pointed

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Posted Sep 03, 2010

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29 Aug

Horrors in Walikale: Another Example of the use of Rape as a Weapon of War in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Between July 30th and August 2nd, rebels consisting of members of the Democratic Forces for

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Posted Aug 29, 2010

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21 Aug

Good News for Congo in the Financial Reform Bill

I would be remiss in failing to mention the new legislation that has an impact

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Posted Aug 21, 2010

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24 Jul

Boys Yelling “Bomb” in a Crowded Market and Other Ways Al-Shabab’s Influence is Felt in Bujumbura

Every time I make a trip to Bujumbura’s market, I go into sensory overload. The

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Posted Jul 24, 2010

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12 Jul

The Art of Quilting Comes to South Kivu

To be honest, I knew little to nothing about quilts three months ago. Nevertheless, I

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Posted Jul 12, 2010

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09 Jul

SOS FED’s work in South Kivu

In the few days before we left Washington D.C., my colleague, Ned Meerdink and I

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Posted Jul 09, 2010

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02 Jun

T minus one day

It is, as of now, T minus one day until my departure to Bujumbura, Burundi.

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Posted Jun 02, 2010

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