A CONGOLESE HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER
Murhabazi Namegabe was born in DRC in 1964. He is from a Christian family of 3 girls and 8 boys. His father was a worker at the Belgium boarder/colonist until 1960.
In 1964, there was a war in Bukavu, in the Eastern part of DRC and Julienne, his mother was in displacement, she begot one boy, who was named Murhabazi (in mashi dialect, it means “someone who was born during the war”, but also, “someone who helps others”). Namegabe (means in the same dialect “Grace from God”). “Mammy was often saying that we have survived because it was said that I could be born. And that I was predestined to devote my life in order to protect people in danger”.
Murhabazi Namegabe grew up in the quarter which is the most poor in Bukavu. Since his childhood, he was very interested in the issue of so many children of different families in the quarter but also at school. He searches for solutions against the hunger and ill-treatments done to his companions. Through that innate initiative, it brings his success, but also concerns.
He was educated in the catholic schools (primary schooling), protestant (secondary schooling) and Kimbanguist (secondary schooling) and at the Technical Medicine College in Bukavu, where He obtained his graduation diploma. Between 1989 and 1992, he was specialized in growth, Development and child rights protection. Mr Murhabazi Namegabe sees his vocation and engagement in favour of rights protection of children at risks/danger, from 6 March, 1992, he created a Voluntary Office in Childhood and Health service, “BVES”, an organization exclusively devoted to the promotion, protection and defense of rights for children separated from their families due to poverty conditions or armed conflicts. In cooperation with the UN Agencies (UNICEF, in particular), MONUSCO, Amnesty International and other International NGOs involved in the defence of Human Rights.
During the 20 years ago, Mr Murhabazi Namegabe has greatly contributed to the child Rights protection affected by armed conflicts of Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo. More than 50 000 children involved in the war have been saved up to now (30% are girls).
His work has succeeded by getting the prestigious prices, like The Oscar Romero Award (USA, 2009), The World Price of Child Rights (Sweden, 2011) and The Africity Price “HARUBUNTU” of Hope Carrier for African Children (Senegal, 2012) ; and The First Crown as a Best Child Rights Defender by Congo Children Parliament (DRC, 2013).