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In memory of Lyn Lusi


Martine Letts

8 May 2012 11:07

A belated tribute to Lyn Lusi, co-founder with her husband and orthopaedic surgeon, Dr Jo Lusi,  of 'Heal Africa' in Goma. Lyn succumbed to cancer on 17 March this year. 'Heal Africa' is a health service which provides fistula surgery and care for women with fistula caused by sexual violence.

During a visit to Australia in September 2009 to speak at the Annual Voices for Justice campaign at Parliament House in Canberra, Lyn also spoke at the Institute at one of our Wednesday lunch sessions. She talked about her experiences in the Democratic Republic of Congo, what we must learn from its tragic predicament and how the international community needs take responsibility for tackling the problem of gender-based violence as a tool of war. 

Lyn inspired many with her work, courage and vision, including  US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who, after visiting Goma inside the war zone in eastern Congo, vowed to intensify international efforts to work for the elimination of sexual violence as a tool of war (Lusi is fourth from right in the above photo). Lyn Lusi's presentation at the Institute can be accessed here. Here too is a fitting tribute from The Economist to Lyn Lusi and her work. 

Photo by Flickr user IIP State.