"I have seen so much. My heart hurts. Many people think what I say is fiction, that it doesn't exist, it didn't happen. ... Everything (horrible) that you can think of has happened. You look at the news, at action movies - I can't watch. Fiction is what has already happened somewhere. It's not fiction to me." Fidel Nshombo grew up in the Democratic Republic of Congo until, when he was 12, war tore his life apart. He now lives in Boise, on his way to becoming a U.S. citizen. He has written a book of poems about his - and other refugees' - experiences.
"I have seen so much. My heart hurts. Many people think what I say is fiction, that it doesn't exist, it didn't happen. ... Everything (horrible) that you can think of has happened. You look at the news, at action movies - I can't watch. Fiction is what has already happened somewhere. It's not fiction to me." Fidel Nshombo grew up in the Democratic Republic of Congo until, when he was 12, war tore his life apart. He now lives in Boise, on his way to becoming a U.S. citizen. He has written a book of poems about his - and other refugees' - experiences. Katherine Jones / kjones@idahostatesman.com
"I have seen so much. My heart hurts. Many people think what I say is fiction, that it doesn't exist, it didn't happen. ... Everything (horrible) that you can think of has happened. You look at the news, at action movies - I can't watch. Fiction is what has already happened somewhere. It's not fiction to me." Fidel Nshombo grew up in the Democratic Republic of Congo until, when he was 12, war tore his life apart. He now lives in Boise, on his way to becoming a U.S. citizen. He has written a book of poems about his - and other refugees' - experiences. Katherine Jones / kjones@idahostatesman.com

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