Ben’s Evacuation to Kenya
University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida.
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Then, on the eleventh, the French soldiers and the Belgian soldiers started evacuating the expatriates that were in Kigali, especially missionaries and the other people who were working there from Europe or America. So, I tried my best to ask the Belgian major who was in charge of evacuation to put me on the list of the people to be evacuated. It was very hard because they was saying, “No, this not for you, this for the expatriates.” I kept pleading with him and telling that I was working for the American Embassy, that my wife and my children were outside the country, the whole day, trying to ask him to help me put me on the list. At the end of the day, he put me on the list of the people to be evacuated. Then we left the school to the airport in a military convoy and all along the way, in the streets, we were meeting people killing, literally, on the street. And then the fresh bodies, just been killed, until the airport. And that’s how I left Rwanda from Kigali to Nairobi, Kenya.