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Baraka Kasongo





Eight years old when the Rwandan genocide began, he fled with his family to Zaire, Burundi, and finally Zambia. After six years in refugee camps, the family was resettled in Roanoke in 2013. He is now a lieutenant with the Roanoke City Fire Department and the founder of Volatia Language Network, which provides interpretation and translation services.

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