More Than Just Surviving: Meet Abaho Gift Conrad
Abaho Gift Conrad is an advocate for the underprivileged, a published author and entrepreneur, a business consultant and CFE.
But it was a long and rocky road to where he is today.
He was born in 1992 in Gasabo, Rwanda, as the violence that would erupt into the Rwandan genocide was ramping up. At the age of one and a half, he survived the massacre of his family.
All he knows about it is what he was told by a fellow refugee who spirited him away to a camp in Uganda. As a child, he believed it was his mother, but it was actually his aunt. She told him eventually she had retrieved him out of the garden, where his mother had hidden him, after the rest of the family had been killed.
He grew up in the refugee camp in Uganda. Getting good marks in school, he garnered the attention of the village leaders, who paid for his further education.
- You can check out his memoir, A Refugee For Life: Memoirs of Rwanda Genocide Survivor, [HERE].
Musical Ambassadors Of Peace is an organization dedicated to working with former child soldiers, and they've been recognized by the United Nations for their work. They are located in Uganda, but deal with children who were kidnapped from their homes in Congo and forced into the life of a rebel soldier.
Since they've regained their freedom, they live in refugee camps in Ugands. Musical Ambassadors Of Peace helps them reconnect with society by teaching them how to perform traditional music and dance.
Dancing together, they unlearn the harsh and brutal lessons that a child soldier's life taught them.