When Flory arrived at the training center he informed us there had been a problem with some of the women from Rwanda and that was what had kept him. They did not have the right paperwork to leave the country, and in the end he had to leave them behind.

We got more of the story later from Kayesu, a woman from Kigali on the left. The woman on the right is also from Rwanda.

Kayesu told us that the women had gone to get their passports at the office, and they had filled out the forms and paid their money. But the officials would not give the passports. They said the Congo was too dangerous and told the women to go home. The women put up a fight, but at the end of the day most of them went home. Kayesu would not leave. She demanded they give her the passport or give her the money back. They continued to refuse and told her to go home. She told them she was not leaving until she got her passport or her money back and she slept on the stairs of the building waiting for them to return in the morning. She wore the officials out and they gave her the passport.

Only three women from Rwanda were able to come. We sent Kayesu home with a full English copy of the book and a teaching kit so she could teach the women of Rwanda what she had learned. From what I know of her, she will not rest until the job is done.

Jennifer Vanderlaan (Author)