By Juliana Tafur, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO - Kasongo is only 23 years old, but seems wise beyond his years. Nearly two meters tall, well-built and strong, he also looks like a 35-year-old. As he shares his life’s story, it becomes clear why he was forced to grow up quickly.

Kasongo barely escaped death in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (D.R.C.) a year ago. In the last of a series of articles about international refugees living in Brazil, Kasongo reveals his past and present life in an exclusive interview with The Gringo Times . . .

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