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A Compassionate, Empathetic Response
September 23, 2015   Rwanda

In Rwanda, the word “Humura” is said as a compassionate, empathetic response to another person’s situation. It speaks of hope for the future and expresses support and understanding.

MwB Community Music Leaders wrote this song, “Humura”, in response to the situation of refugees living in Rwanda and beyond.

The song was launched on 21st September, World Peace Day. The date also marked the beginning of our new training for 30 people from Burundi living as refugees in Rwanda’s Eastern Province. The 30 trainees are child support workers, cultural performers and musicians from the refugee population, who will take the skills that they will learn in community music and nonviolent approaches back to their support work with 1000s on young refugees.

In addition this year, our outreach program will employ MwB Community Music Leaders to run music workshops with 1000s more young people living as refugees in camps across Rwanda.

These programs are being implemented in partnership with PLAN International Rwanda, enriching child protection services.


In September 2012, Chris Nicholson set up a music therapy program for people living with HIV and AIDS at a clinic in urban central Rwanda. In September 2013 he returned to continue his therapy work with vulnerable HIV+ adolescents and to establish a training program in Music & Health. He is Project Manager of Rwanda Youth Music and Tanzania Youth Music. Prior to his involvement with music therapy, Chris had an international performance and teaching career as a classical guitarist. He studied classical guitar at the Royal Academy of Music, London, and in Spain with maestros José Tomas and Alex Garrobé.

Topics: Rwanda