It Happened on the Way to War

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Follow CFK co-founder Rye Barcott’s national 26-city Book Tour on the book

It Happened on the Way to War is the gripping story of CFK co-founders, Rye Barcott, Tabitha Atieno Festo, and Salim Mohamed’s unlikely friendship and journey to build CFK and help develop a new generation of leaders from within Kibera.

Barcott’s memoir recounts his continued his leadership in CFK while serving as a Marine in Iraq, Bosnia, and the Horn of Africa. Engaged in two forms of public service at once, he fought in wars while waging peace. Grappling with the intense stress of leading Marines in dangerous places, he took the tools he learned building community in one of the most fractured parts of Kenya and became a more effective counter-insurgent.

This is a true story of sacrifice and courage, failure and triumph, and the powerful melding of military and humanitarian service. It’s a story of what America’s role in the world could be.

LIVING KIBERA:the exploration of work, play, home, dream and self in a slum of Nairobi

March 17- July 15, 2011

Global Education Center, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

LIVING KIBERA brings the community of Kibera, a slum on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya, to life on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill. The exhibit features art created exclusively by Kiberans in a variety of mediums including photography, drawings, poetry, paintings, textiles, hand-made objects, and video. The goal of LIVING KIBERA is to open a dialogue around perceptions, misconceptions, and realities of life in dense urban communities. The themes of work, play, home, dream, and self explore the different facets of life in Kibera through the eyes of people living there today.

LIVING KIBERA kicks off CFK’s 10th Anniversary campaign, which include the release of It Happened on the Way to War, a memoir by co-founder and UNC alum Rye Barcott, and a full-length documentary, Chasing the Mad Lion.

See a video of the opening here.

Living Kibera is co-sponsored by African Studies Center, The Center for Global Initiatives, Department of Women’s Studies, African Studies Center, International and Area Studies, Department of Art, and Carolina for Kibera.