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June 18th, 2009
03:01 PM ET

Rose Mapendo's dedication to helping refugees

Program Note: Tune in tonight for special coverage of World Refugee Day tonight at 10 p.m. ET. And learn more about how you can help by visiting Impact Your World.

Academy Award-winner Susan Sarandon nominated Rose Mapendo as a CNN Hero.

Mapendo, a Tutsi, survived 16 months of harrowing atrocity in a Congolese death camp with her children before their life-saving rescue and resettlement.

Her journey ultimately led to her collaborative establishment of Mapendo International, a nonprofit organization dedicated to identifying, saving and resettling endangered refugees.

"She's the story of the power of forgiveness," says Sarandon.

soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Beniam

    I have been living in Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya.i have seen desperate refugee helped and restored hope by mapendo international.a hero for mapendo saving damaged sole of refugee.for the time being the biggest problem for me to have link to Mapendo internaional,here in kenya mapendo international working with other organization,so to pass through in this NGO a big problem..for Anderson cooper help me to have a link to Mapendo international.let me tweet with them....tell my problem....from Kakuma refugee cam in the refugee day.

    June 19, 2009 at 2:56 am |
  2. Minou, New York City

    What a great woman!

    June 18, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  3. Beniam

    I have great respect for mapendo international...i have seen desperate refugee resettle and restored hope...i am living kakuma refugee camp in kenya.one day i would get mapendo internatial help.long live mapendo.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:44 pm |
  4. Isabel, Brazil

    The refugees are entitled to: religious freedom and movement; protection against the penal sanction for illegal entry; home, education and public assistance; identity documents and travel documents; protection against discrimination.

    However, the reality of millions is blurred and many of them remain in conditions of acute exploitation and abuse of their individual rights.

    It is great to know stories like this. Thanks!

    June 18, 2009 at 2:51 pm |