The Salama Africa dance group during their performance at the National Kajive Competition’s final round, held in Blantyre. The group did excellently, placing second in the competition. (Hugo Hivanove Mpenzi/Dzaleka Refugee Camp)

Malawi: A Refugee Dance Group Place Second in the National Kajive Dance Competition in Blantyre

Dzaleka, 8 March 2016 – Farini Wasamba Fredy is originally from North Kivu, Goma, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). His life was under threat and so he left his home country as he was being persecuted as a human rights activist.

Two years after being enrolled at JRS-JC:HEM – Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) along with Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins (JC:HEM) – as a student, he came up with an idea following his courses in Interpersonal Communication, Interdisciplinary Art and many others. He used those skills and applied them to create the dance group Salama Africa, which means Peace and Tranquillity.

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