Bakunzi, born 1987

I was born in 1987 in a medium family - not very rich, not very poor. The war started when I was 7 years old and we fled to the Congo with the whole of my family - 3 sisters, my mom, my dad and I. We spent about 2 months there, and after our parents' deaths we returned home alone - my sisters and I. My parents died of disease. They were not killed. When we reached home, we spent a few days with our neighbors, and in December 1994, we went to the Imbabazi Orphanage, my 2 sisters and I. In the orphanage, I started my primary school. When I was in the 3rd grade, the war started again and we had to leave the orphanage, which was in the hills of Mutura and moved with it to Gisenyi. Even here in town we've changed houses 3 times, not for security reasons, but to look for a better place for all of us. I'm enjoying being at this orphanage because I've met other children who have the same problems.

In 2006, Nqirabakunzi Emmanuel began his 3rd year in Secondary School in Gisenyi. He is the Captain of the Imbabazi Soccer team and is very popular.

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Photo by Musa