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Sister Janice McLaughlin dies aged 77

VETERAN journalist and President of the Maryknoll Sisters, Sister Janice McLaughlin has died.

She was 77.

Sister Janice McLaughlin was part of the Maryknoll Sisters who partnered the African Forum for Catholic Social Teaching on issues such as human trafficking, migration, and women empowerment projects in communities.

Sister McLaughlin was originally from the United States but worked in Africa from 1970 in countries such as Kenya, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

Three months after arriving in Zimbabwe in 1977, she was imprisoned for writing reports on the country’s war of liberation before being put in solitary confinement after the then-colonial government raided the offices of the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace, where she worked as press secretary for war reports.

She was in prison for three weeks before the Rhodesian government deported her to the United States.

After Zimbabwe gained independence in 1980, McLaughlin was invited back by the new government to work as an education consultant, and she has never looked back, guided by her immense love of the country and its people.

Apart from working to combat human trafficking in Zimbabwe, she also worked with the Catholic University of Zimbabwe as a research adviser.

Sister Janice obtained a doctorate in religious studies from the University of Zimbabwe in 1992.

Her thesis, “On the Frontline: Rural Catholic Missions and Zimbabwe’s Liberation War,” was published by Baobab Books in Harare in 1995.

Sister Janice is also the co-author of an advocacy training manual used throughout Zimbabwe to train local communities to lobby for changes in policies that affect their lives. – ZBC 🔺

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