Award-winning documentary screening

Special to the Reformer

BRATTLEBORO — SIT Global Scholar Bahati Kanyamanza of the Democratic Republic of Congo will join Carry Me Home today for a screening of the award-winning documentary "Sauti," the story of five young women growing up in a refugee camp in Uganda who dream of making a better life for themselves and their families. The screening will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Hooker-Dunham Theater, 139 Main St.

Kanyamanza fled violence in his home country when he was 22, settling in a Uganda refugee camp where he co-founded an organization that creates education opportunities for displaced youth.

In 2016, he was resettled as a refugee in the United States. He and his family are now members of the Brattleboro community, where he is pursuing a master's degree from SIT Graduate Institute as part of the SIT Global Scholars Program. A discussion lead by Bahati, his wife Angelique, and a special guest from Uganda will follow the film. This is a rare opportunity to hear firsthand about the experiences of displaced people and their quests for a better life.

The event is a benefit for the organization co-founded by Kanyamanza, COBURWAS International Youth Organization to Transform Africa, which creates educational opportunities for young people in the Kwangali refugee settlement in Uganda.

Carry Me Home is a Brattleboro-based, volunteer-run nonprofit organization that supports children fleeing conflict zones.

Tickets for this benefit program are $15 and may be purchased online or at the door.


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