Paul Mutama S. was born in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. His parents were missionaries among unreached ethnic groups in Congo. A calling that saw his family indiscriminately socialize with different ethnic groups even in deep isolated places of the eastern and southern parts of Congo. In this sense, he grew up with an image of a shared human destiny regardless of gender, colour or ethnicity. However, in 1996 when the war in Congo erupted widely, his father was brutally murdered on an ethnic base and the rest of his family were forced to become refugees in neighbouring countries. Besides being an unspeakable tragic moment of his life, it created a constant inquisitiveness to understand the motives behind the violence. Consequently, for many years, he spent his time researching on the inconceivable violence-Christianity cohabitation and the role of the gospel of peace in mitigating violent conflicts.
In the year 2001, Mutama gave his life to Christ and decided to dedicate his entire life for doing mission. He preached the gospel on the streets, churches, schools as well as other public squares. After a strong realization of the need to do ministry at a higher level, he joined the Reformed theological college in Kampala where he successfully completed a Bachelor of Arts in theology. After his studies, he taught at different bible schools while doing the ministry of evangelism in the great lakes region which at that time was affected by endless circles of ethnic conflicts, war, and genocide.
Looking at the need to engage the ministry among migrants/refugees and those whose lives were affected by violent conflicts, he completed a one-year postgraduate degree in theology of migration at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Centre for theology of migration. Next, to that, he successfully completed a one-year diploma in Integrated human rights at the Foundation Academy of Amsterdam.
Through church ministry and academic engagements with the focus on migration, reconciliation and community healing, he ministered among migrant communities in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, and Africa.
Towards the end of the year 2018, he decided to start organisation which aims at developing a nonviolent generation. Together with a team of committed people, they started ‘‘A Cup for Humanity’’. A premier non-government organization whose mission is to develop a nonviolent generation in the eastern Congo and beyond through education, reconciliation and empowering migrants/refugees. ACfN also stands as a centre of expertise, education and academic research in the field of migration, reconciliation, and peacebuilding.
Paul Mutama is an ordained pastor, a human right activist, a social entrepreneur, and researcher in theology of migration and reconciliation currently researching the eastern Congo conflict.
He is married to M.Blanche, a survivor of the 1994 genocide against Tutsis.Despite being the only one left in the family of nine, she decided to promote reconciliation through forgiveness and love.Together, they have three children.
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