The winged lion reminds me of the fearless Doctor Balewa who treated me after I was gang raped by militants. I was a complete wreck but this man of God not only restored me physically but psychologically. He helped me to regain my dignity. I found the courage and strength to pick up the pieces of my life. In the process, I’ve found God and have given my life to Christ.
I know that this may sound strange to a lot of people but, I’ve forgiven the men who raped and brutalized me. I don’t hate them. Hate doesn’t do anyone any good and it’s toxic. I pray for them instead. And I pray for their other victims. I pray that like the lion which is mighty among beasts and does not turn away from anything, Doctor Balewa will not back down from his fight to eradicate sexual and gender-based violence.
As for me, every opportunity I get, I tell my story. After all, an injured lion still wants to roar.
I was inspired by the true story of Denis Mukwege, the Christian doctor who has dedicated his life to caring for victims of rape in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Just recently he was the recipient of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize.