BBC News Interactive has been asking for personal stories of African lives. The best, as voted for by you, will win a digital camera. This is Mwizerwa Oswald’s story from Rwanda.
I am a 20-year-old, looking back at how I survived the Rwandan genocide to where I am now, a teacher at a local centre.
I was nine when I survived a massacre in my local church where I had my left leg hacked off with a machete by people who committed genocide.