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Activist Sister Rosemary speaks at NSU

Northwestern State University’s Student Government Association hosted a lecture by Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, a nun and activist who has worked for more than 30 years to shelter, educate and care for the needs of individuals violently impacted by civil wars in northern Uganda and South Sudan. Sister Rosemary shared stories of individuals who were captured and forced to become child soldiers and sex slaves and later found healing and new purpose at Saint Monica Girls’ Tailoring Centre in Gulu, Uganda, where they learn to support themselves and discover a new sense of self and community. She is shown displaying a handbag made from discarded soda tabs that women in her shelter make and sell. In 2007, Sister Rosemary was named a CNN Hero. Her story was told in “Sewing Hope,” a documentary by filmmaker Derek Watson and narrated by Academy Award-winner Forest Whitaker. A book of the same name by Reggie Whitten and Nancy Henderson was published in 2013 with all proceeds going to Saint Monica’s. For more information on Sister Rosemary, go to