Michel Chikwanine—who as a child endured torture and unspeakable atrocities during the Second Congo War, survived, and now serves on Oprah Winfrey’s O Ambassadors Roots of Action campaign—will speak at the University of Bridgeport on November 5.

The event begins at 6 p.m. at the Littlefield Theatre in the Arnold Bernhard Center, 84 Iranistan Avenue.

Admission is free for UB students, $2 for UB faculty, and $4 for the public. Free and secure parking is available.

Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Chikwanine grew up amid the terror of the Second Congo War, which claimed the lives of 3.8 million indivdiuals. A former child soldier who was forced from home as a refugee when he was only 11, he witnessed the torture of his father, who was singled out and killed for his political beliefs, the rape of his mother, and endured torture of his own.

Today, Chikwanine is an accomplished motivational speaker, addressing more than 100,000 people across North America. He serves Oprah’s O Ambassadors Roots of Action speaking tour. Roots of Action is a joint project of Oprah’s Angel Network and Free the Children that targets issues faced by millions of children worldwide, including a lack of schooling, poverty, child labor, war, and other atrocities.
Media contact: Leslie Geary, (203) 576-4625, lgeary@bridgeport.edu