John and Munanira are cousins. John is 27 and Munanira is 32. That means they were 7 and 12 years old 20 years ago. They live in Rwanda. That means that 20 years ago, they experienced the worst genocide that have taken place in recent history. 1000000- that is one million- people were killed in only 100 days in what has now been defined as the "Genocide against the Tutsis". John and Munaira survived because they visited their grandmother who looked after John's little brother (who was only 2 years old) at the time. What happened to Johns little brother and grandmother is not really something I want to write about here, but they both died. As the killers, already having killed the grandmother and John's little brother, were more interested in stealing goods from the house, John and Munanira were left injured in the field. Their scars are very visible, even today (Munanira was cut on top of his head, neck and ear and on his shoulder by machete. John was cut by machete at the right side of his head, slightly back from his ear). They both, despite their physical scares, survived.
More to come on John and Munanira later.
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