When he was just ten years old, Lembaka’s father was shot and killed by an armed group. Hungry for revenge and fuelled by anger, he joined a rival group – leaving his family behind.
Lembaka spent eight years in the bush; his family came to believe that he too had been killed. But, after years of hardship and violence – and fearing for his own life – he escaped.
With the support of Peace Direct’s local partner in the region, Centre Résolution Conflits (also known as CRC) Lembaka was able to receive agricultural training. He learned about different farming techniques, how to maintain a healthy field, and how to manage crops in a sustainable, profitable way.
Read the comic today, as told by Lembaka:
This is the story of Patience, told in her own words. In bravely telling her story, we are reminded of the realities facing women in areas of conflict, but also of the resilience and strength to rebuild their lives. The women that, with the right support, find new opportunities to leave a life of violence behind. Read more »
This comic tells the stories of Lembaka, a young man in DR Congo whose life was turned upside down by violent conflict. His story is one of resilience, bravery and determination to turn away from violence, and turn towards peace. Read more »