Writing the Refugee Experience: UWC Alum John Michael Koffi
Originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, John Michael Koffi grew up in refugee camps in Malawi and Eswatini (formerly Swaziland), forced to flee ethnic persecution along with his family. While living in the Mpaka refugee camp, John Michael met representatives from the nearby Waterford Kamhlaba UWC of Southern Africa and applied to the UWC movement. A highly engaged community member, John Michael was accepted at UWC Robert Bosch College in Germany, where he attended on a full scholarship from 2015-2017.
In April 2018, John Michael published his first book, "Refuge-e: The Journey Much Desired" (synopsis below). In this interview, originally published in March 2018, John Michael reflects on his UWC experience, his inspiration for writing and his hopes for the future.