E. Africa
Rose

Timeline of Events

1933

The Belgians, whom are in control of Rwanda, organize a census that demands every person be issued an identity card that assigns them an ethnicity as either Tutsi, Hutu, or Twa.

1948

On December 9th a resolution is passed by the United Nations that defines genocide and declares it a crime under international law.

1963

Rose Mapendo is born in Mulenge, Democratic Republic of Congo.

1994

April 9

The Massacre at Gikondo occurs in Kigali, Rwanda. Hundreds of ethnic Tutsis are targeted and killed by Hutu majority in the Pallottine Missionary Catholic Church. The clear targeting of Tutsi people is the first sign that genocide is starting.

Rose moves to Mbuji-Mayi so her children can attend school while her husband starts his career as a butcher.

APRIL 15-16

The Nyarubuye Roman Catholic Church Massacre occurs in Rwanda, killing thousands of Tutsis.

APRIL 18

The Kibuye Massacres occurs in Rwanda. 12,000 Tutsi are killed at the Gatwaro Stadium in Gitesi and another 50,000 are killed in Bisesero.

250,000+ Tutsi people flee to Tanzania for safety.

JULY

2 million Hutus flee into neighboring countries including the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) (then known as Zaire) to avoid Tutsi retribution.

1996

The First Congo War begins.

1998

The Second Congo War, known as the African World War, begins. Over a million Tutsi people are slaughtered.

AUGUST

Police officers show up to Rose’s house in search of her husband. Rose and her family flee to the eastern region for safety.

SEPTEMBER 23

The Congo military invades the Mapendo household; Rose, her husband and 7 of their 8 children are captured and taken to a prison camp.

1998-2000

Rose’s family endures 16 months in the death camp. Rose’s husband is executed within the first 2 weeks. In order to save her son from being killed, Rose is forced to trade her 17-year-old daughter as a sex slave. Rose gives birth to twins and names them after commanders of the camp in hopes of saving her family. After months of being starved, tortured and systematically beaten because of their ethnicity, Rose and her family are transferred to a protection center run by the Red Cross.

2000

JULY

Rose and her family arrive in the United States, residing in Phoenix, Arizona.

2003

Proxy war waged between Rwanda and the Kinshasa. The Congo government is headed by Congolese Tutsi General Laurent Nkunda who aims to destroy Hutu rebels involved in the Democratic Forces for
the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) until 2008.

2007

Rose is named ‘America’s Greatest Hometown Hero’ in the 5th Annual Volvo for Life Awards.

2008

Governments from Rwanda and the DRC join to combat FDLR

OCTOBER

Rose Mapendo nominated by Susan Sarandon, named a CNN Hero.

JUNE

Ten years after being imprisoned with her family in the DRC, Rose speaks at the White House in honor of World Refugee Day.

2010

EARLY 2010

Rose opens the first Women’s Center in DRC, offering local women the resources needed to learn, grow and survive.

JUNE

Pushing the Elephant, a documentary following Rose’s story, premieres in New York City.

2012

Rose founds the Rose Mapendo Foundation.

2013

The Idaho Public Television aired a special educational module entitled ‘Refugee Advocate Rose Mapendo’

2014

Rose receives the Unanima International Women of Courage Award

2015

Together with the Rose Mapendo Foundation, we can continue to rebuild the lives of those devastated by conflict in eastern Africa. Donate today.

Today the slaughter of over 6.9 million people continues in the eastern African region.

Relief is possible, with your help.

Recent Events


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Valley Partnership Inspirational Fundraising Breakfast

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House of Refuge Inspirational Breakfast

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Expressions in Humanity Luncheon

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Pushing the Elephant Documentary Luncheon

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Women of Strength: Cultivating Leadership

Rose Visits Israel on Speaking Tour

Rose Attends U.N. Honoree Ceremony

Ben Affleck Supports Healing Efforts

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Valley Partnership Inspirational Fundraising Breakfast

70 people joined the Florence Crittenton phoenix staff for an inspirational breakfast on charting a new course for our lives. Rose spent the morning giving back to this group of survivors speaking on the power of women coming together to create change. Florence Crittendon creates safe environments where girls and young women can discover the support of a caring community and the possibility of a bright new future.

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House of Refuge Inspirational Breakfast

House of Refuge is a faith-based, non-profit organization helping homeless families in crisis by providing transitional housing and supportive services that assist participants as they strive towards self-sufficiency and seek to obtain permanent housing. Rose spoke to the women of HOR on finding victory in their circumstances and overcoming obstacles in life.

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Expressions in Humanity Luncheon

The foundation of this event is the community table. 12 people come once a month together with the realization that their is more to this life and it begins with expressing humanity in the smallest and biggest ways. The intention of this space is to create a safe haven for sharing with vulnerability. Rose spoke on finding hope and putting the past behind us.

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Pushing the Elephant Documentary Luncheon

Pushing the Elephant Luncheon: 45 Real Estate Industry Leaders joined for a fundraising event to support Roses mission trip to Africa 8/2015. Rose shared her 90 minute documentary;

A story of forgiveness, hope, and the joy of family life, Pushing the Elephant captures one woman’s mission for peace in her country beset by genocidal violence.

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Women of Strength: Cultivating Leadership

Hundreds of women gather together bi-yearly to celebrate the initiative of inspire, encourage, mentor and lead within the Real Estate community. This special event is based on women coming together regardless of affiliations to share their stories with authenticity and transparency.
Rose on finding forgiveness for her captors.