From the May 2018 magazine.

Return to Rwanda

With no meetings in his country, he reached out for help. Now he's sharing his hope

I am the youngest of seven children and I’m Rwandan. When I was growing up, other children were crying for milk and porridge, but me? I was crying for beer.

In Rwanda, alcoholic drinks are a traditional symbol, used in events of happiness and sadness: weddings, birthdays, funerals. I started drinking when I was 5, but it was under the control and supervision of my parents. When I drank too much, they just put me in bed and fed me milk. But when I woke up, I was looking for beer again.

-- Marcellin K.


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