Executive Director, There Is Hope & Author of 'Refugee for Life'
Innocent Magambi was born in a small refugee settlement in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1979. His parents had fled the tribal conflict in Burundi seven years earlier. The war broke out in the Democratic Republic Congo when Innocent was a teenager, forcing him to flee. Innocent in turn became a refugee. Over the next decade he lived in five camps across Eastern and Southern Africa.
At age 26, a church in Malawi’s capital city offered Innocent a scholarship to study theology. For the first time in his life, Innocent was able to live outside the confines of a refugee camp. He subsequently went on to found There is Hope, a non-profit that provides opportunities for refugees and their host community to grow in their capacity to live with dignity, providing for their families and making a positive contribution to society.
Innocent has written a memoir called Refugee for Life, in which poignant stories of injustice and loss are framed in the context of day to day life in a refugee camp.