British Hollywood actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw travelled to Rwanda in August 2018. She visited Mahama camp, which hosts over 57,000 Burundian refugees and also Gihembe, a Congolese refugee camp. Her trip involved meeting with women’s livelihood projects as well as urban refugees in Kigali. Gugu’s visit highlighted two of the least funded refugee crises in the world in Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and also shined a spotlight on the innovative work of MADE51, a programme that empowers refugee artisans by helping them to sell their products globally.
Gugu’s notable roles have included Belle, Beyond the Lights, the Emmy Award-winning “San Junipero” episode of Black Mirror, Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast, and the science fantasy adventure film A Wrinkle in Time.