Refugee for Life
Our guest speaker is Innocent Magambi.
Mr Magambi was born in a small refugee settlement in DR Congo in 1979. His parents had fled the tribal conflict in Burundi seven years earlier. The war broke out in DR Congo when Innocent was a teenager, forcing him to flee. Innocent in turn became a refugee: over the next decade he lived in numerous camps across Eastern and Southern Africa.
At age 26, a church in Malawi’s capital city offered Innocent a scholarship to study theology. For the first time in his life, Innocent was able to live outside the confines of a refugee camp. He subsequently went on to found “There is Hope”, a Christian non-profit that provides opportunities for refugees and their host community to grow in their capacity to live with dignity, providing for their families and making a positive contribution to society.
Innocent is married to Florisa, who is Italian. Together they live and work in Lilongwe, Malawi, where they raise three boys.
Refugee for Life is Innocent’s memoir. Poignant stories of injustice and loss are framed in the context of day to day life in a refugee camp.
You will hear the voices of genocide survivors, refugee advocates and many others, as they provide insight into the events that caused Innocent’s displacement and subsequent life transformation.
You will cry and laugh as his journey across Africa becomes a journey of amazing significance, crammed with divine appointments which lead Innocent to establish an organisation that touches the lives of hundreds of people today.
The book is available in English in print and electronic formats from www.refugeeforlife.com.
Light Buffet at 19h00; Presentation 19h45-21h15.
Thurber Lectures is an adult community gathering and growth time that is open to all.