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Wamuyu Wachira

Wamuyu Wachira belongs to the Loreto Sisters, a Catholic congregation also known as the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (IBVM). In a terrible assault on a girls’ secondary school in 1991, boys from a neighbouring school attacked the girls in their dormitory. Nineteen girls died, 71 were raped, and the rest were traumatised. Questioned by the media, the female deputy principal explained: “The boys never meant any harm against the girls. They just wanted to rape”. This and several other horrifying episodes of violence brought home to Wamuyu the urgent need to develop a strong culture of peace recognising that at times women themselves colluded with violence or abuse. “I believe that peacemaking is at the core of a woman’s heart.”


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