It is with deep and profound sadness that Panzi Foundation announces the unexpected passing of the Chair of its United States Board of Directors, Mrs. Nita Evele. Mrs. Evele was a passionate and dedicated human rights defender and activist who cared deeply about the future of her home country, the Democratic Republic of Congo.
“I am devastated to learn of Nita’s tragic passing,” said Dr. Denis Mukwege, 2018 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Panzi Foundation’s President. “She was my dear friend and was beloved by everyone for her tireless commitment to justice and democracy. We will always hold memories of her courage and kindness in our hearts.”
Mrs. Evele was the President and Co-Founder of the Coalition of Pluralists and Patriots of Congo (COPPAC), an advocacy group that brings together Congolese from different backgrounds whose members are dedicated to a free and equal opportunity for all Congolese, as well as the advancement of DRC sovereignty. She also served as the Director of Congo Global Action, a global alliance of humanitarian, human rights, environment, and faith-based organizations that advocate with one voice on behalf of the Congolese people around the world.
Mrs. Evele served on Panzi Foundation’s US Board of Directors for more than six years and was profoundly committed to the organization’s mission. We send our deepest condolences to her husband, Serge, het two sons, and her entire extended family.