Sister Rosemary

It’s that time of year again when Time Magazine announce their list of the Top 100 Most Influential People. This year we are pleased to see a number of peace activists have made the list, including Uganda’s own Sister Rosemary.

In case you have not encountered her work, Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe is a nun living in Gulu, Uganda. She runs the Saint Monica Girls' Tailoring Center - an orphanage, shelter and beacon of hope for women and girls who have been victims of violence and conflict.

Many of the women and girls at the shelter were abducted by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) and have suffered from sexual exploitation and rape while forcibly serving as soldiers. The Center provides a safe haven for them and gives them the opportunity to gain an education and training in a supportive environment.

Actor and peace ambassador Forest Whitaker authored the biography of Sister Rosemary for the 2014 Top 100 list. He writes:

For girls who were forcibly enlisted as child soldiers, Sister Rosemary has the power to rekindle a bright light in eyes long gone blank.

In 2013 Whitaker narrated a film about her life titled Sewing Hope. The film tells the story of how the women and girls in Sister Rosemary's care have been able to regain hope, independence and dignity after the traumas they've experienced.

As Whitaker writes:

The traumas she heals are unfathomable, but the reach of her love is boundless.

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