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A Life-Changing Message From Mom

When Cedric Habiyaremye, a PhD student at Washington State University, thinks about his mom Agnes, he remembers a long journey he once took with her as an eight-year-old.

Fleeing genocide in his home country of Rwanda in the spring of 1994, he understood little of what was happening. He once hid in the bushes to escape his attackers, only an apple—his favorite food—to his name.

So began a month-long trek to safety across the Tanzanian border with his mother, father, and older brother. After long days of walking barefoot, she would rub his swollen feet.

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