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Nalule’s Travels and Adventures – Writing for Survivors in Africa

Nalule’s Travels and Adventures is the autobiography of a feminist, activist and researcher, who acted against atrocities and abuses of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) and torture with the aim to improve survivors’ rights to international health, care, and justice.

Dr Helen Liebling’s early life of disruption and family separation led to a passion for advocating for the rights of those who survived human rights violations. Her first musical trip to Uganda shaped Helen’s life. She developed a love for Africa, her people, traditional music and travel. Enchanting musical stories including wild dancing to 21-key xylophone music in rural Eastern Uganda (Busoga) a chickens on a bus and entertaining in the bars of Kampala and travelling to some of the most beautiful places in the world including African deserts, mountains and waterfalls.

She discovered a love for wild swimming and hopes for the future. Fascinating, emotional, and uplifting; This book is a captivating narrative of hardship, resilience, and triumph against the odds, told with passion and clarity by a woman who never gave up!




Helen grew up in Birmingham, UK. Her professional life straddled two different worlds; that of academia and health care services in the United Kingdom, as well as working with conflict survivors of sexual and gender-based violence and torture in Africa, including refugee survivors.

Helen carries out research with survivors of conflict and post-conflict sexual and gender-based violence and has worked in Uganda, Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Liberia, and South Africa. She has numerous journal publications and three books including her recently published autobiography (Liebling, 2023; Liebling & Baker, 2010; Liebling-Kalifani, 2009).


Helen’s PhD in Women and Gender led to a greater political and humane passion for women’s and survivors’ rights, particularly in the African continent. As well as being awarded with the Phil Strong prize for her PhD, she was presented with a research prize in Johannesburg in 2009 for an outstanding research presentation on her collaborative work with Women’s International Peace Centre in Uganda together with Liberian African women’s organisations on Liberian women conflict survivors.