Refugee girl in Malawi defies odds, qualifies as medica doctor

A girl who came to Malawi at the age of six and lived almost all her teenage life in a refugee camp before qualifying for Malawi’s Zodiak Best Girl Award schorlarships to study medicine in 2009 returned Thursday  from China as a qualified medical doctor.

Qualified doctor now

Qualified doctor now

There were tears of joy from Dr. Mirreille Twayigira and the group of about 50 members of the refugee community at Dzaleka when the girl, now 24, emerged from her plane at Kamuzu International Airport six years after she left for studies in China.

Her life has virtually changed from that of a refugee from a war-torn country to a happy medical doctor ready to serve and save the suffering.

Dr. Twaigira is one of a list of beneficiaries of Zodiak Girls’ Award scholarship obtained through the Chinese Embassy.

“I am so thankful for all this and hope to put my skills to good use and for the benefit of human beings.

“There are processes I must follow before I begin practising in Malawi. But I guess my internship will be at Kamuzu Central Hospital,” she said.

Six years ago a little refugee girl aged 18 went through Kamuzu International Airport out on her first ever flight to the peoples’ Republic of China to study medicine.

Now she is a medical doctor.

“Our Mirreille is back. She is now a medical doctor. We are so excited and thankful to Zodiak for this initiative in the partnership with China. Look, this girl is transformed.

“And to think this is happening so far away from home, we feel really welcome here,” her uncle said.

Before going to China, she was studying at Catholic School Likuni Secondary school where she came out tops with six points.

She automatically qualified for Zodiak Best Girl Award initiative in 2009-10 where she studied medicine at Hebei University .

Dr. Twayigira is not without advice to young girls still in school and going through challenges. She says the answer is work and work and work hard.

The ZODIAK Best Girl Award initiative was mooted in 2006 and has so far benefitted 31 young girls with scholarships to China, Russia and the USA.

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38 thoughts on “Refugee girl in Malawi defies odds, qualifies as medica doctor”

  1. guest 567 says:

    big up! that is something that u dont see everyday. click on http://doneforpay.com/index.php?ref=85273

  2. Vimavi says:

    She is an African hence a Malawian country of origin yavichi? Ah!a! Originality yavichi? This is Africa.

  3. Charlie Hebdo says:

    Congrats! But remember to serve the country that kept you, schooled you, and gave you the opportunity to be what you are….

  4. Logic says:

    24 or 34?

  5. Oliver says:

    she is originally from my home town in Rwanda. She actually went to study medicine in China on a Malawian passport, so she acquired Malawian nationality. I am so proud of her

  6. Chris says:

    31 girls huh? I wonder how accurate those statics are buy anyway.
    Am happy for this girl, Way to go, so glad that God saw her through,made a way that transformed her life.

  7. Mapwevupwevu says:

    Koma bwinotu Gospel asakhale kuti anamuchita kale!

    1. Kanchenga says:

      Why do you have to be negative all the time. Not every Malawian is as corrupt as you think. There decent people out there contributing positively to humanity.

  8. jussa joni says:

    This is a brilliant and law abiding refugee girl who never burnt classrooms and books or staged sit-ins at Likuni girls than our stupid Emmie Kaliya and mtambo and john chisi girl / boy inspires!!!! at chanco poly kcn

  9. Nkhulandi says:

    Twaigira is a Burundian

  10. nyahoho says:

    Predestination from God! Good Luck as you serve others!

  11. Bounty Killah! says:

    Im lost here, what odds did she defy? Refugees are allowed to go to school, she came at a very young, she went to one of the best schools in Nyasaland, she is intelligent, was given a scholarship! Just which odds did she defy?

    1. do you even know what its like to be a refugee, the kinda conditions refugees live in. Not to mention the irreparable damage refugees have endured due to wars in their countries. The families and friends lost during such wars. People leave their homes, land, and an entire life they had built for themselves in hopes of living to see another day. Refugees live in the worst imaginable conditions and this young lady made it through despite all that. How is that for defying odds?!!!

  12. Ntchona says:

    Its a good article but the writer forgets to include her nationality which makes him or her a terrible writer. The story should also inspire her own people. What a stuff up

    1. Oliver says:

      she is originally from my home town in Rwanda. She actually went to study medicine in China on a Malawian passport, so she acquired Malawian nationality. I am so proud of her

  13. Vyaluta says:

    UN doctor kale

  14. [email protected] says:

    I meant to say ” I hope the government will give her citizenship”

  15. [email protected] says:

    This is a good story. I hope the government will give her a scholarship. If she decides to go back to her country, it will be a great loss to Malawi. Can I urge Zodiak that such competitions should be confined to Malawi citizens?

  16. Issa says:

    What country is she from?

    1. John says:

      She is from Rwanda! Lived together in the camp before we all left for other countries too! Proud of her achievement.

      1. zoona says:

        Rwanda and Burundi have similar names since both countries are populated by Tutsis and Hutus. That aside congratulations to her and the Government of China. Canada is also doing a great job by sending many refugees from Dzaleka to universities in Canada through WUSC.

    2. The Analyst says:

      O………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………O
      I hoped to see and thus searched for the same (in the story) but never saw it.
      . . . the reporter never even cared to tell us, yet such a detail is as important as the story itself.
      But when I googled the name “Twayigira,” the country Rwanda pops up, more often than not.
      . . . However, whether or not, we can infer that she is from Rwanda, is another matter.
      O……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….O

  17. Marevwe says:

    What a story!
    What an inspiration!
    Congratulations Twayigira!
    Bravado ZBS!

  18. Ufulu says:

    Give her Malawi citizenship.

    1. Mirella K says:

      Give her a citizen? Who said she isn’t a Malawian? Having gone through some primary edu and Likuni Secondary School, she has stayed in the country for over 7yyyy and she has been naturalized!

  19. NyaMithi says:

    Wow!!!! her dream has come true.. proud of you gal. its an inspiration to other refugees n girls.

  20. mike says:

    Congratulations girl. You have made Malawi proud. Ena akananamizila umphawi mpakana hyna kuwatafuna ku nsanje..

  21. Dengu says:

    A heartwarming story so good to read.

    1. Ufulu says:

      Totally agree. I am almost in tears…happy for her and her family.

  22. Trendex says:

    UMENEWU NDIWO UDOTOLO OSATI WAKU ADDIS ABABA NDI WA A CHANGE GOAL.

    1. mike says:

      Zoona Trendex amenewo nde mau.

  23. mwana mulopwana says:

    congratulations young girl, Malawi will benefit a lot

  24. Chindele says:

    Congrats Girl.

  25. Charlie Hebdo says:

    Congrats girl. The sky is the limit.

    1. Piche Yakiti says:

      I will marry you doctor . Congrats !

  26. Mfana odzisata says:

    This is great news !!!! She is an inspiration !!!! All the best doc !!!!

  27. GN Kuweruza says:

    Zodiak this is a commendable initiative indeed! we are so happy as a nation for the fruits it now bears…You are the ‘salt of the earth’ around you.

    1. Gundumulani says:

      Congratulations young girl and we are proud of you.

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