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Cécile Kyenge: Italy's First Black Cabinet Minister

55 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 01 May 2014

Cécile Kyenge was brought up in the Democratic Republic of Congo, part of a family of 38 children. She travelled to Italy to study medicine, got involved in politics and, in April 2013, became the country's first black cabinet minister. She faced abuse and prejudice from some of her fellow politicians. Cécile has now written a book about her life called Ho Sognato una Strada, or, in English, I Dreamed of a Path.

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