Rwanda: Surviving the Genocide. A story of the Extermination
of more than 800,000 people as told by one who survived, Collection
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Then I heard another big voice say,
“Don’t worry; don’t worry,” and suddenly the enemy
started shooting from behind us. I saw fire in the air; I saw bodies being
torn apart. I heard women and children screaming, but I didn’t see or
hear my friend. I thought he was one of the victims. With no hope for survival,
I hid underneath an abandoned truck that was next to me. As I crouched underneath
that truck, listening to the gunfire all around me, I laughed to myself when
I realized that four years earlier, when I was only twenty, I had never seen
a gun since even soldiers did not carry them before the war. Soon my reverie
changed as things went from bad to worse. Suddenly, they started shooting
the truck. At that moment, I thought I was going to die. I said my “last
prayer” for God to receive me into his hands.
But He did not receive me then, and I AM ALIVE. Each morning when I look at
myself in the mirror and see the scar on my head from the bullet which grazed
my skull, I marvel that I am alive. Over 800,000 people from my country of
Rwanda were killed in 1994 during the genocide, while numerous others continued
to be exterminated through 2000--but I survived.
François is a high
school Spanish teacher in Wisconsin, USA, who lived in many countries and
speaks many languages. He speaks Spanish, French, English, and Kinyarwanda.
He also speaks an intermediate level of Swahili. Part of his family still
lives in France, and the other lives in Belgium. He lived in the African countries
of Senegal, Congo, Zaire, and Rwanda, and the Europeans countries of Spain,
France, and Belgium before becoming a US citizen. he has also spent time in
Italy, Holland, and the Ivory Coast. He is married and father of two.
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