Saving the world – one person at a time

Saving the world – one person at a time – is a big ask. But that’s what Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, a member of the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Uganda aims to do.

She says she is fortunate.

She wasn’t kidnapped, sold as a sex slave nor given as a reward to military men.

She’s “simply” a religious sister who, for the last 20 years, has been saving the world, one Ugandan woman at a time, giving a voice to the voiceless.

“Sure, you cannot save Africa, you cannot save the world. But you can save one person, one child.

“At most you can try, make that attempt,” Nyrumbe said.

When violence in Uganda broke out in the 1990s, Nyrumbe knew she had to dedicate her life to rescuing the girls who were being taken from their homes.

Many girls were then rejected by their own families if they were lucky enough to return.

Her motivation? “Realizing how lucky I had been, because I got to grow up in my family, I was protected by God, the LRA never abducted me, I was able to complete my education…”.

The young women abducted are still trying to fend off the stigma and trauma of the two decades of terror.

Joseph Kony and his so-called “Christian” militia, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA)  created lifelong scars and repercussions.

Nyrumbe said these include forcing the abducted children to commit atrocities in their own village – including killing their loved ones.


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