Category human rights

Success Story from the Republic of the Congo: Virgile Samba-Moussinga Supports Transparency, Good Governance, International Human Rights, and International Human Law

Virgile Rivet Samba-Moussinga was born April 17, 1984 in Brazzaville, the capital city of the Republic of the Congo. He is the fifth son of his mum, Jacqueline Samba-Biampandou, and the seventh of his dad, the late Samba-Bitori Luc. He began his studies in 1989, at Moukoundzi-Ngouaka Primary School, in Brazzaville. Due to the influence […]

Success Story from Liberia: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa’s First Female President

BONUS POST: Celebrating Nobel Peace Prize winners. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was born in Monrovia, Liberia in 1938. She attended the College of West Africa at Monrovia, moved to the USA with her husband in 1961, and went on to receive three degrees from US-based institutions: a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the Madison Business College […]

Success Story from South Africa: Nelson Mandela, Advocate for Human Rights and Social Justice

BONUS POST: I have featured many Mandela Washington Fellows on this site, but not their namesake. This post is long overdue. Nelson Rolihlahla “Madiba” Mandela was born on July 18, 1918 in Mthatha (formerly Umtata) in the Union of South Africa. Initially he grew up with his two sisters. When his father passed away when […]

Success Story from Sierra Leone: Aruna Kallon Promotes Human Rights, Judicial Accountability, and Good Governance

Aruna Kallon was born in southeastern Sierra Leone in 1985 to modest and loving parents, Theresa Hawa Kallon and Maada John Aruna Kallon. The fourth of six children, he grew up in Kenema, Sierra Leone’s third largest city, where his father lived for most of his life and until he passed away in 2006. Aruna […]

Success Story from Sierra Leone: Zainab Bangura Advocates for Human Rights

Zainab Hawa Bangura was born in 1959 to a family of limited means in the small town of Yonibana in Sierra Leone’s Northern Province. She received a scholarship from Mathora Girls Secondary School near the town of Magburaka and graduated from the Annie Walsh Girls Secondary School in the capital city of Freetown. After obtaining […]