“Songs of the Tongue-Tied: Poetry of the Refugee Experience”, A Conversation with Francisco Nsabimana


Francisco Nsabimana (Waterford Kamhlaba UWCSA, 2018-2020) is a recent UWC graduate, poet and author of the recently published “Songs of the Tongue-Tied”, a complex poetic rendering of a life lived in refugee camps in Southern Africa based largely on Francisco’s own experiences of spending his childhood and adolescence in refugee camps in Tanzania, Malawi and eSwatini – after his family were forced to flee his birth country of Rwanda. 

It was in Malawi that Francisco found his passion for writing from a writers’ club he was part of while attending Dzaleka Community Day Secondary School. Francisco’s first published collection of poetry has been described as providing a visceral experience. The poems, many of which were written while Francisco was a student at Waterford, simultaneously expose brutal realities of poverty while expressing gratitude and hope, as told through Francisco’s youthful eyes.

In this UWC Unlocked Talk, you are invited to take part in a Q&A session that will be moderated by Owenkhosi Sigudla, a current IBDP1 student at Waterford Kamhlaba UWCSA from eSwatini. You will also have the chance to hear some of Francisco’s poems. 


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Francisco Nsabimana


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