• "The army had been alerted by an informer about our mission, but they were told we were going to join a rebel group." - Kidum
Kenyan based Burundian artist Jean-Pierre Nimbona alias Kidum has narrated how he narrowly escaped death but ended losing 17 friends.
In an interview with Churchill, Kidum says God saved him that day.
Kidum was in a boarding school when he and his friends decided to visit a nearby school to interact with the girls and maybe find girlfriends in the process.
But that was never to be as he overslept on that day only to learn all his friends had been murdered.
That incident pushed him to want to come to Kenya as his country was at the time going through the Civil war.
"Back in high school, we heard that a new school had been opened in the area and there were rumours' the girls' in that school were hot.
We decided to sneak out of school and check out the girls' as the girls we were schooling with had very 'tough' appearances, they looked like us.
On the day we were to go for our 'mission' ya kusaka madame, I overslept and my friends never woke me up. Maybe they felt I was a threat to them as ladies would have chosen me over them.
Unknown to them death was beckoning."
Kidum's friends had been sold out and ended up being murdered.
"The army had been alerted by an informer about our mission, but they were told we were going to join a rebel group.
So all my 17 friends were killed, If I was with them I would have been killed too. That is the incident that gave me an idea to leave Burundi."
Kidum has been living in Kenya for many years and refers to her as her second home.
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