Author and Maine resident George Budagu Makoko will give a talk titled My Journey from the Congo to America: Embracing Global Awareness and Responsibility Thursday, Oct. 6, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St. This event is free and open to all.

Makoko lives with his family in Portland and works for Avesta Housing. He was born in the southern Kivu province of Eastern DR Congo, spent his early years there and later moved to the urban areas of the Congo to further his education. He lived for many years in war-torn Congo and Rwanda. After barely surviving the atrocities in the region, he was granted asylum in the United States. In 2011, he became a citizen of the United States.

Makoko will discuss his recently published book, “Ladder to the Moon: A Journey from the Congo to America.” This is account depicts a transformational journey that took him from his tiny village in the Congo to the United States. One of his goals was to describe the extent of the conflict in the region, which has caused millions of people to run away from their native homeland and seek refuge elsewhere in the world. He also details some of the difficulties that many immigrants encounter in the process of integrating into a strange and complex new society.

This presentation is offered as a free community event in anticipation of the 30th annual Camden Conference — Refugees and Global Migration: Humanity’s Crisis — Feb. 17 through 19. The 30th anniversary Camden Conference Community Events Series is supported in part by the Maine Humanities Council.

The mission of the Camden Conference is to foster informed discourse on world issues. For more information, visit; email; or call 236-1034.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or