Yves Muya was born in The Democratic Republic of Congo. At the age of ten he and his family fled the war that had rapidly spread through his country. After being forced to leave Congo, and trying to survive with no resources, starvation became their companion for a whole year in Zambia.
During that time Yves and his family had every reason to give in to despair and death, but his father helped them overcome this by planting seeds of hope and dreams in their hearts and minds. It was then that Yves dared to dream about a future filled with bliss, love and abundance for himself and his family. Yves' family eventually landed in a refugee camp in Malawi. After months of living in a tent, lining up for days at a time in the hope of receiving food, they realized they needed to find a way out. As a family they started selling half of the food they received each month.
After a year of enduring many hardships and eating once a day, they were able to save enough money to leave the refugee camp and pursue the dream of a better life. They left Malawi making their way mostly by foot across Mozambique and into South Africa. As a native French speaker Yves faced new cultural norms and language barriers. However these changes allowed him to learn English at the age of 13. Yves persevered though the cultural and language difficulties and was able to attend high school.
As Yves transitioned from being a boy to becoming a man he tried to make sense of the life they were now living. As he searched for answers, he began to understand the gravity of the war that caused his family to flee, leaving everything they knew and loved behind. In his quest to know more, he learned about the deadly war that decimated his home country with thousands of people being raped and killed every month including his family and friends. It was then that Yves decided to stop running. He committed to doing whatever it took to end the deadliest war of this generation. Soon after graduating high school, Yves received private funding to attend college. He knew education was the route that would help him find a solution to end the war.
In his senior year, Yves jumped on an opportunity to study in the US. Despite his refugee status he was able to earn a competitive Fulbright Scholarship to Pitzer College in Los Angeles. No matter the circumstances, Yves has always believed in a better tomorrow. He has made many sacrifices to see this dream come true. He is now asking the world to believe with him that the war in Congo can end in this generation. Yves believes that by sharing his story of freedom he will be able to bring freedom to those who do not have it. Yves has been invited to share his story with thousands across America, including students at UC-Berkeley, University of the South, University Of Chicago, Dartmouth College, Providence College, NYU, Brown, RISD, Sidwell Friends School, Duke, and the Catholic University of America.