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The 11 days of peace collection of stories features women who are or have been partners of MCC at some point, or who are known to MCC in some way. Most of these women work at a grassroots level, whereas some have attained leadership roles in their specific contexts. Some of these women would identify themselves as peacebuilders while others would say that they are only going about their daily lives. While each story focuses on an individual woman, it is important to remember that these individuals are members of larger networks of women working for peace.

Doreen Ruto was a secondary school teacher on August 7, 1998 when her husband was killed in the bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya. Over 200 people were killed in the Nairobi bombing and in a simultaneous one in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Doreen’s journey to find healing led her to become involved in trauma healing and peacebuilding. She first attended Eastern Mennonite University’s training program on trauma healing (STAR) in 2001. She eventually graduated from the program and went on to become one of its trainers.

Back in Kenya, Ruto gave leadership to a whole variety of trauma healing and peacebuilding initiatives. She worked with youth, women, teachers, social workers, police and others. After the Westgate Mall bombing in 2013, Ruto offered trauma healing training to victims, caregivers and first responders, with support from MCC.

Doreen Ruto died on January 21, 2016. She is remembered for her personal strength, her laughter, her love of life and her passionate commitment to trauma healing and peacebuilding.

MCC has gathered stories of Women Peacebuilders as part of our annual Peace Sunday Packet. The complete 2016 Peace Sunday Packet can be viewed here.