Kamanzi Jean Baptiste & Ngango Jean Bosco

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Kamanzi Jean Baptiste tells the story of his life's hardships to his younger brother, Ngango Jean Bosco, who has not lived through such times as he has. Kamanzi Jean Baptiste shares with his brother details about his life such as how he joined the army because of abuse and hunger at home, or how he became handicapped and still decided to go to school at the age of 22 with peers who were 12 years old. Ngango Jean Bosco listens to his brother’s words and continues to ask more questions to which Kamanzi Jean Baptiste is happy to answer. The love of two brothers felt through this conversation can be felt as Kamanzi Jean Baptiste shares words of inspiration to his younger brother in the hopes that he will learn how to face his own hardships head on and be strong through them.

“In French it is said: ‘Les problèmes font partie de tout homme et il ne faut pas les fuir par contre ils font les confronter,’ which means in its direct translation: ‘Problems are part of every person’s life, so we must not flee from them but instead we have to confront them.’ Whenever you face problems you should not think that it is the end of your life, but instead you have to become hopeful because life is a series of misfortunes and fortunes. You should be a hero in your life.” Kamanzi Jean Baptiste

“As my brother I thank you for your pieces of advice that will serve like my guidelines. I will even tell these pieces of advice to my children, friends, and relatives, and I will give these pieces of advice to different people I meet at school. I also think that it is better to keep on telling me about your past so that I may pass on your stories to my children.” Ngango Jean Bosco

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