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    Placidia Dusabe was 10 when she saw her family murdered in front of her. For three nights she was raped and beaten by armed men, then she was hacked with machetes and flung into a mass grave. For four days she lay among the dead and the dying.
    “I was the first-born child and the only girl among seven. My six brothers were killed with my mother and my father,” she said.
    “I was watching. I knew the killers.”
    Tutsi rebel soldiers hauled Placidia from the mass grave. It was 18 months before she could walk: the machete wounds left long scars still stark against the muscle of her lower legs.
    Placidia still cries when she talks of the genocide but thanks to British taxpayers' money from the Department for International Development she has begun to rebuild her life. At school dreams of becoming an accountant replace the nightmares.
    On the family plot where Placidia still lives in Kabuga there is a new mud-brick house with a tin roof. She grows her own crops and has a cow that provides milk to drink and extra to sell.

    Raped, beaten, hacked and flung into a mass grave ... she was only 10 - Times Online

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    Bless her-this is so horrible.
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    Oh man, I can't begin to imagine.
    I am glad she was strong enough to survive. She's clearly not acting as a victim and is getting on with her life. Good for her!

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    She hasn't time to act as a victim. She has to do what she has to do to stay alive. I'm sure it is in there, screwing her up mentally. Will she be able to ever trust anyone again. What a horrible memory to live with.
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    oh GOD what is wrong with human beings to treat someone like this.

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    How sad.

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    Ugh that's so tragic. It's shocking to us, but really I don't think it's that uncommon. That's what worse theres MILLIONS of Placidias.

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    I don't typically get choked up but this ... dear God.
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    No words.

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    Oh God, my soul just took a direct hit from that story. Wish you well, sister.

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    How many suffered the same fate...first the one group went on the genocidal rampage, and then the other did it right back in retaliation. There were over a million murdered..and think that for every one who died, there were several left over for each one..to mourn, to grieve, to try and rebuild their shattered lives, and for many no doubt, to harbor secret hatreds and thoughts of revenge that no doubt at some later undetermined date will be unleashed in a new round of horror. Just like the balkans..ancient hatreds die hard.
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