A Mother’s Journey Of Surviving Ethnic Genocide

With Rose Mapendo

I have never met a woman like Rose, and presume you may not have either. 

In this interview, Rose tells the gut wrenching story of how she survived ethnic genocide when her Tutsi tribe came under attack in the Congo. Rose surrendered her soul to prayer to find a way to escape and get herself and her 10 children to safety. Despite her unimaginable upheavals, Rose is one of the most joyful women I have had the honor of interviewing, and the lessons she shares are priceless! 

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About Rose Mapendo

Rose Mapendo was born in Mulenge, Democratic Republic of Congo in 1963 to a Banyamulenge Tutsi family. Married at the age of 16, she began raising a strong family unit with her husband. Everything changed for the Mapendo family in 1998 when they fell victim to the ethnic genocide that originated four years earlier with the intent of punishing the Tutsi tribe. Within a week the government ordered all men to be murdered, which included her husband. Rose and her family were taken to a prison camp where they endured horrific conditions. Today, Rose works as a global activist to bring awareness to the violence that continues in the DRC. Through her nonprofit, the Rose Mapendo Foundation, she is able to provide necessary survival resources and vocational training to women in her community who continue to be affected by the vicious ethnic warfare that still exists. Rose’s missions is to end suffering for all women and secure them a spot at the Peace Table, where true change can be made.

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  1. Susan Hudson

    Oh my goodness! Rose, you are one of the most beautiful women I have ever encountered in my life, and I have encountered many around the world. Your story will stay with me forever — how God spoke to you and also empowered you to “forgive” the “unforgivable” — freeing you from victimhood into victory. Your smile is radiant, your English incredible, your purpose divine. Thank you. I will be praying for you and your foundation for many years to come. Grace, peace, and continued healing for YOU and for ALL THOSE TO WHOM GOD IS POURING OUT LOVE through you. Rev. Sue Hudson

    • Rose Mapendo

      Hi Sue,
      Thank you so much for your thoughtful and kind message. It means so much to us! Your encouragement keeps us going! Thank you for who you are and God bless you!

  2. Kash Badami

    Another really powerful interview. Rose you are a fantastic beacon of light. Your opening statement: “I am not a victim, I am victorious” captured everything you stand for and the only way forward for anyone wanting to live the fullest life possible. Thank you for sharing your story and showing us what we as people are capable of doing, despite our circumstances and what has happened to us in the past. There are so few people in this world who have suffered the kind of pain you have suffered, and I know of no one else who radiates more beauty and light despite the pain you have suffered. Thank you.

  3. Tanis

    Beautiful! Beautiful! Beautiful! Beautiful!

  4. Maggie Gautier

    Thank you. Blessings. Beautiful and I will donate, it will be my honor.

  5. Angelika

    I bow Rose. Thank you.

  6. Ally

    Thank you. Very inspirational

    • Richa Badami

      Rose is simply amazing. Like NO OTHER!

  7. Sudhir

    Rose , You are God Mother to the suffering. Your prayers are heard and God saves us all. Your mission is of compassion and mercy Even the enemy indebted to you. You are the savior. Faith can move mountains. You proved it and are living it. Bless you for being you!!


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