WOMEN WAR & PEACE | PBS

Recruiting Combatants in Africa’s Fight for Peace

January 25, 2011
Activists Stella Sabiiti and Igballe Rogova appear on a panel at the Building Peace - Empowering Women symposium in Austria in 2006. Photo: Frank Helmrich

Activists Stella Sabiiti and Igballe Rogova appear on a panel at the "Building Peace - Empowering Women" symposium in Austria in 2006. (Photo: Frank Helmrich.)

Welcome to Women, War & Peace’s podcast series with our host, Amy Costello. Each week, Amy will be talking to people who have responded creatively to the plight of women living in conflict zones.

Activist Stella Sabiiti has seen the best and worst of humanity. She was a pregnant college student in Uganda when she was captured and tortured by dictator Idi Amin’s troops. After escaping the country and living as a refugee, she returned to conflict zones such as Darfur and Somalia, this time as a peace mediator.

Through the African Union’s Peace and Security Department, Sabiiti now frequently works with rebels who inflict violence on civilians. She says it’s her very experience as a victim that gives her the ability to see a perpetrator’s humanity, a skill she believes is necessary to convince rebels to join the fight for peace.

Listen to the podcast by clicking below, or find us on iTunes.

podcast twitter facebook