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Bukeni Tete Waruzi
Program Manager for Africa & the Middle East
Bukeni Tete Waruzi is a human rights advocate and a field worker from Uvira, eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where he worked for over nine years on child soldiers and children affected by armed conflict. He founded and served as the Executive Director of AJEDI-Ka/Child Soldiers Project, an organization working to demobilize and reintegrate child soldiers in the DRC. Bukeni produced several films on child soldiers and the spread of HIV/AIDS in the DRC during his organization's partnership with WITNESS. His advocacy and videos were instrumental in the International Criminal Court's first trial on child soldiers. He also implemented AJEDI-Ka's use of cell phones as a means of documenting child rights violations.
Bukeni holds a BA in economics from the Evangelical University in Africa in Bukavu (DRC) and a Master's degree in Human Rights and Conflict Resolution from Chaire Unesco in Bujumbura (Burundi). Bukeni speaks English, French and Swahili and is conversational in five languages and dialects of the Great Lakes region of Africa.