VIDEO: The Moment That Changed Her Life

Posted by on March 21, 2017
VIDEO: The Moment That Changed Her Life

Stella Sabiiti was a university student in 1976—newly married, with a baby on the way—when soldiers of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin kidnapped her from her dorm room. They tortured her for hours, accusing her of crimes she had not committed. She thought she was going to die. But instead, she looked the soldiers in the […]

VIDEO: Put the People at the Center

Posted by on June 30, 2016
VIDEO: Put the People at the Center

Stella Sabiiti, a refugee from Uganda, reflects on the exclusivity of the Darfur peace process. She also discusses how far the peacebuilding world has come in terms of inclusion, particularly through the creation of national action plans.

Becoming Friends with Her Torturers

Posted by on April 5, 2012

In 1976 as a student in university, a newlywed, and a woman with a baby on the way, Stella Sabiiti was kidnapped from her dorm room by rebels in her native Uganda. They tortured her for hours, until she could take no more. She began to search for the only commonality she could find between […]

Try to Imagine You’re a Mother

Posted by on January 19, 2012

Sometimes it is difficult to see people beyond the anger of armed conflict, but international mediator Stella Sabiiti uses the image of a smiling infant to remind parties that there is more to their enemy than meets the eye. Grounded in her own experience of war and torture, Ms. Sabiiti has spent 30 years preparing […]

Listen to the Things They Aren’t Saying

Posted by on January 19, 2012

As a mediator between armed groups in Africa, Stella Sabiiti has worked with individuals in some of the world’s most tense situations. Ms. Sabiiti has been with the AU Peace and Security Directorate since 2006, as part of a team of experts strengthening the AU, Regional Economic Communities, and regional standby brigades in building the […]

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