From inside the warzone, Arnold works to make sure refugees are taken care of, abducted children are returned, women are protected, and the world has access to information that has been historically shrouded in secrecy.
It was 18 years ago, and Arnold was just finishing high school in Goma. On a bright clear day in early April a charter plane crashed in Rwanda. The Rwandan President was on board.
Arnold watched as Congo’s neighbor unraveled. In 100 days Rwandans killed 800,000 of their fellow citizens.
In the aftermath of the Rwandan Genocide, eight international armies waged a war that killed and displaced millions of Congolese. Arnold and a few close friends knew they had rights, but they didn’t know how to use them for protection. Instead of wielding weapons, Arnold and his friends dove into the war to protect the defenseless.
That journey eventually became SOPROP. A human-rights organization that educates those within the war about their rights and provides them with medical, psychological, and legal support to keep themselves and their loved ones alive.
You bought a whistle. You cast a vote for peace in Congo. You put $26,096.63 behind Arnold’s vision.
Arnold put that money we sent into building a counseling center for former child soldiers and war-affected youth. There they also provide basic job skills for women who have survived sexual violence.
Just after the U.S. passed legislation on conflict-minerals, Arnold and Monique traveled together to the first international conference on cleaning up the supply chain. There in Nairobi Kenya they strongly advocated for the rights of local miners whose jobs were being threatened by the international regulations. They have continued to work closely together in collecting data from some of the most dangerous places on Earth, and getting it to the policy makers.
In a region where rights are exploited more often than protected, Arnold risks his life every day defending his people. Arnold is a whistleblower.