On Friday, April 24, the Comboni Missionaries and University of Cincinnati student Cherif Moctar Ba hosted a special online event featuring Dr. Mamadou Sy, Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, and Father Ruffino Ezama. These world-renowned advocates for social justice in Africa discussed their work in Uganda and Mauritania.

This event was conducted through Zoom with other participants and viewers. You can watch the recording of the Zoom meeting above.


Dr. Mamadou Sy, PhD Egyptology is the Vice-President of Operations at Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area (lssnca.org). He will discuss the political environment in Mauritania and the struggles refugees face in his home country.

Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe presides over Saint Monica’s Vocational School in Gulu, Uganda. She lived through the horror created by Kony’s LRA and now works to heal the wounds he inflicted on her people. She invites formerly abducted girls to Saint Monica’s where they learn skills to provide for their families. Sister Rosemary has taught these brave girls to make their own clothes, grow their own food, learn a valuable trade, and show mercy to others that are less fortunate. She has created a community where women learn to become self-reliant and change agents for peace and prosperity. Her story was made famous through the book and movie Sewing Hope.

Father Ruffino Ezama is a Comboni Missionary currently working in Cincinnati. He is the first African to serve as the Provincial Superior for the North American Province. Originally from Arua, Uganda, Father Ruffino has worked in Ghana, Uganda, and the United States.