More than an original story, this is a tribute to someone who saved thousands of lives from the Rwandan genocide in 1994. Pierantonio Costa, a man many call righteous, was the Italian Consul in Kigali at the time. In his last trip to Rwanda, he saved 375 orphans, all very small children.
“They’re children, children!” An armed man looked at the bus driver with doped eyes. “No.” The frustration amongst the adults of the convoy was palpable. 375 tired and restless kids kept their eyes wide open. They were so young, piled up inside the buses, uncomfortable and very thirsty. In the control post, armed men held rusted katanas. Suddenly, a local authority talked to them. The convoy rushed away. The children finally arrived at the safety of a border and a foreign home. When interviewed, the man responsible for the convoy simply replied “I only answered the voice of my conscience.”