I Survived the Worst in Life


Nicole Mangaza, 18,  has seen more horror in her short life  than you or I will ever witness in our entire life. She has also suffered much more than us. Because, unfortunately for her, she was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which has been at war for the last 10 years. It is the deadliest conflict since World War II.

When she was 12, she was abducted by rebels and became their slave. She endured the life of a child soldier and an abused teen for about four years. She reached a point where she decided that it was better to try escaping and die than stay alive with her tormentors. She ran away and luckily could escape her slavery.

Now, strong willed, she is learning a trade, metalwork and woodwork, at a special center for former child soldiers in Goma, giving her a chance to earn a living in peace and raise her little boy, David. Even though she is happy, she knows that she will never forget the abominations she witnessed and endured. (Via iol.co.za)

Words cannot describe what I felt when I read her story. Words cannot describe what you will feel when you read her story, through the link. But Nicole is a survivor. She survived the worst, has a little life to care for and maybe for the first time in her life, is optimistic for her future. A future she can imagine.