Not My Worst Day by Alex Mvuka Ntung
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Alex Mvuka Ntung
Alex Ntung, pictured above, is the Community Cohesion Officer for Hastings Borough Council.
He is a softly spoken and gentle man who has lived in Hastings since 2000, but he was born to a cattle-herding, semi-nomadic tribe in the east of what is now called the Democratic Republic of Congo.
will rarely volunteer the information, but he
was an eye witness to the 1994 Rwandan genocide, and has lost several members of his
own family as the result of racially motivated violence.
From an early age he
was treated badly because of his
Over the last few years, Alex
has been writing his
autobiography, which is soon to be published.
I asked him if he
would mind if we shared an excerpt from it on HOT
Alex's story is amazing, and often upsetting.
As I read it, I had to keep reminding myself that he
was going to survive.
is very lucky to have been able to start a new life in Hastings - and it is also a privilege for us to have this brave and kind man as part of our community.
The excerpt that follows is from when he
was still a schoolboy in the early 90s.
was living in the town of Uvira near the border with Rwanda.
He was the first Tutsi to have been admitted to study at his secondary school, and he was living with friends of his family, far away from the village where he was born.
regularly experienced racial abuse - from name-calling and stone-throwing to much worse.
book, Not My Worst Day, will be published in February 2013.