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Maggie Hazvinei Mapondera


Maggie is part of JASS’ Southern Africa team. A great reader and blossoming writer, she is excited about creative ways to document and address human experience.

As an intern at the Refugee Law Project in Uganda, Maggie facilitated an urban narratives project with women refugees in Kampala, seeing the efficacy of powerful personal stories in advocacy work. She volunteered with Zimbabwean refugees and asylum-seekers in South Africa as an intern for PASSOP (People Against Suffering, Suppression, Oppression and Poverty), spent a summer doing Theater for Social Change in Swaziland, and volunteered as a translator and assistant editor on a Voice of Witness title, Hope Deferred: Narratives of Zimbabwean Lives (McSweeneys, 2010).

Maggie joined JASS in 2009 shortly after graduating from Yale with a BA in Comparative Literature, focusing on African literatures in French and English. In her free time, Maggie volunteers for the Women News Network, browses second-hand bookstores, and sinks happily into the pages of a compelling novel.

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