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Students overcome obstacles to succeed
Reaching a new generation
Out Of Africa
By David Carden, Barry University Undergraduate Student
By far, the biggest impact that Barry University has had on me has been through one of my political science professors, Dr. Sean Foreman.
In the fall of 2012, I received an email from Dr. Foreman inviting me to a lecture he was giving to a collection of young, African political activists. I was amazed to find out how interested these aspiring politicians and advocates were about the process of U.S. democracy, which is why they were in town. I sat with these remarkable individuals and shared contact information with men and women from Nigeria, Liberia, Ghana, and Uganda. A young man named Akampurira Davis talked to me extensively about the Uganda Youth Council and his experience motivating young people to become politically aware. This conversation had such an impact on me that I knew right then that I needed to go to Uganda and see Davis' work with the Council. I kept in contact with Davis (he prefers to be known by his English name to Westerners) through email and finally saved enough money to buy myself a trip to Central Africa during this past winter break.
My trip began with an eight-hour bus ride from Kigali, Rwanda to Kampala, Uganda which was interrupted by the driver crashing in a remote western Ugandan village. The accident resulted in me meeting another passenger from Burundi who happened to speak English, and we continued to Kampala together by hitchhiking our way through the beautiful countryside. In Kampala, I spent three days learning from Davis about Ugandan culture and politics, including his plans to run for a seat in Parliament in 2016.
I left Davis in Uganda to spend the last part of my trip in eastern Congo, which has always been my original passion and place I wanted to visit. I (literally) ran around eastern Congo with Enough Projects, an organization that works to end genocide and crimes against humanity. I traveled with a field research team, which introduced me to members of the United Nations and took me to speak with high level intelligence officers in the Congolese military. We drove outside of Goma to one of the largest displacement camps in Congo – Mugunga 3 – where I heard firsthand testimony of people who experienced some of the most recent violence in the region. This entire experience was life altering. I thank Dr. Foreman for being an advocate for his students and providing platforms for us to begin experiencing our goals.