MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to Human rights and the
communities in Thetford.
Fleeing the genocide in her home country of Rwanda, Marie-Lyse Numuhoza arrived in the UK
20 years go and settled in Norfolk from 2013.
Over the years, Marie-Lyse has worked tirelessly to combat racism and to serve as
an advocate for other refugees. More recently, lobbying the local authority to support
refugees in Norfolk as well as giving talks about her experiences.
Alongside the work she does on behalf of Norwich City of Sanctuary, Marie-Lyse
works as an employment/health living advocate and also volunteer as a board
member of the Mother’s Union in Norwich, a Lay Canon at Norwich Cathedral, expert
with experience at the School of Health Sciences at UEA and last but not least as a
campaigner of women’s rights as human rights.
“I received the MBE honour with gratitude and great appreciation to
those who nominated me. A massive thank you to all who supported and mentored
me. I will continue to pray and work hard with everyone who has dedicated their lives
to welcome refugees and Immigrants. To inspire and to empower refugees and
Immigrants despite all huddles thrown at them to continue to work for the prosperity
and unity in this country that has given us shelter and protection.”