Two or three times a day for seven weeks, Cecile was raped after being kidnapped by the Interahamwe. Then she discovered she was pregnant. At 17, she'd never had sex before, and the loss of her virginity to a bloodthirsty 40-year-old still torments her. Not long after her ordeal, she bumped into a girl she knew who was getting married. "I saw my joyful childhood playing with my friend, and tears started flowing from my eyes. I thought if I could go back to being a girl again, I could aspire to get married one day."

Her one solace is how well she's doing as a merchant. "If I am able to ensure that my daughter, Sylvie, can go to university, this will give meaning to the tears that have been flowing so long."


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