Megan Smith | University Advancement | 7 April 2008
There are some people who, when you meet them, you know there is something special about them. You can't quite put your finger on what it is, but an unusual quality is certainly there. This was the case when I met BYU-Hawaii student Appolonie Nahishikeye. It did not take more than a few minutes of talking with her to figure out that extraordinary quality.
Appolonie, who was born in the African war-torn country of Burundi, has lived a life filled with miracles. The fact that she is alive and thriving today is, in itself, a miracle.
"In Burundi, there has been civil war for many years. It is impossible to plan for your future there because you don't know if you will live or die. It is terrible. Cousins killing cousins, sons killing mothers, all because they want power."