“It’s really odd that some people think that violence is the answer to the problem, it’s illogical,” Sharp told NBC News.
That was his philosophy. Michael Sharp felt like relationships, listening, talking and pointing people to realistic solutions was a better way to go. And he lived what he believed. For years he left the comfort of the city to hike into the jungles to meet Congolese rebels, build relationships with them and understand and try to bring about change.
His desire was only to bring peace to the Congo. It meant understanding their fight for a desired utopia that was idolized in the past, fought for in the present, and hoped for in the future. He did not condone their actions, but he listened to understand.
When the Syrian refugee crisis hit the money that he and his team received was cut and redirected to the refugees. It was difficult to continue financially but eventually he was hired by the United Nations as a worker in the area of peace and reconciliation.
Earlier this two caucasian bodies were found and DNA samples confirmed one was Michael Sharp, age 34 and his Swedish co-worker. He risked his life knowing that he very well could lose it. And while he was killed by the rebels, the fruit continues on. There are 1600 rebels and their descendants who are choosing a different way of life.