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  1. Jon McManus
    Jan 14, 2014 @ 16:10:22

    Possibly one of the most interesting and fascinating books I have ever read! From a sociological point of view, the book will go down in history. You become part of the struggle for existence and understanding of the truth. Cultural traditions have deep meaning and become as important as any western pursuit of success, this is real tribal life. You firmly grasp, with both hands, what life was like for Alex. Instantly you are transported thousands of years into our past to come face to face with our ancestors. Reading Not My Worst Day is an invaluable experience. From an emotional perspective, it will make you laugh and cry, it touches your soul. A work of Art. Thank you Alex.


    • Alex Ntung
      Jan 14, 2014 @ 19:03:19

      Hi Jon, amazing to hear your view about the Not My Worst Day! I am so pleased that the book is an interesting educational resource in many ways. Unlike how things are presented through the media, I am also pleased that it reflect positiveness and resilience. Inspiration in writing was based on a principle that: when stories are not told, they die in our mind, evil flourish and truth goes along with it. Alex Ntung


  2. Jeannot G
    Jan 14, 2014 @ 16:18:38

    The best book I have ever read! amazing story


  3. Michelle Baldwin
    Jan 14, 2014 @ 16:27:46

    A great book! I couldn’t stop reading it, I recommend it to everyone :)


    • Alex Ntung
      Jan 14, 2014 @ 18:53:55

      Thank you so much Michelle. Recording my experiences was one thing, dealing with these before writing them down was hardest thing but at same time a great therapy. Hearing what people think about it is incredibly encouraging. Thanks, Alex x


  4. Sara & TJ Diallo
    Feb 13, 2014 @ 22:20:25

    An amazing life, an amazing journey, an amazing book. I feel so privileged to have read your story Alex, thank you so much for writing and publishing it so that so many can share. What I found most amazing was the constant good humour and positivity in the face of the atrocities and all the difficulties. This is still having a real impact on my day to day life. I really recommend reading this book – it is one of a kind. I have never read a book like it. It is super special.


  5. Willy Makuza
    Feb 14, 2014 @ 12:38:13


    This is,without doubt, the very book that moved me while reading it and it the only book I’ve ever read that I could relate too. It does, positively, tell the reader that despite of one’s past, the future is not to be defined or seen through the mirror of past. I am very proud of you for this great work, it’s indeed one of many ongoing struggles for justice and sustainable peace in the Great Lakes Region, and in Minembwe in particular.

    We, your young siblings,we’ll follow your exceptional example in forging the way for the next generation. Our tradition ever should be the most precious trait to treasure as we continuously blend with other (modern) traditions.

    This will be the first book for Kayla to read when she’s grown up, I promise!!!!

    Thank you so much and please, don’t stop!




  6. James Kerr
    Feb 16, 2014 @ 19:25:59

    A true story of deep tragedy, seemingly insurmountable obstacles of hardship and persecution, all overcome with intense perseverance and an incredible forbearance. Alex – rising from a supposedly ‘primitive bucolic society – writes a message of hope and forgiveness, and shows how determined positive action to combat ethnic disharmony – and even genocide – can make a difference today and into the future. At times a harrowing story depicting the most abhorrent aspects of human nature, but most importantly, it reveals the triumph of a culture of mutual support, which much more accurately describes the spirit of the peoples of the African continent. For a truly intimate insight into the real story behind the media’s often superficial headlines, then read this important book. Thanks for sharing Alex.


  7. Fiona Kennedy
    Feb 21, 2014 @ 15:59:41

    Couldn’t stop reading this after recommended by my daughter. Thank you for sharing this account of your experiences – it must have been harrowing and difficult for you to do this. Your courage, resourcefulness, determination to find peaceable means of protest and support for all those living with war and conflict, and your continued sense of hope, shine through and are an inspiration. I wish you well in all that you do.


  8. Alex Ntung
    Feb 24, 2014 @ 13:21:55

    Hi Fiona, William, Sara and James
    Thank you ever so much for your encouraging and inspiring comments. As I often say, behind different faces there thousands extra ordinary experiences but, in the world where I come from, there is no space for such stories to be told. In fact considering other lays of issues, it is not a necessity to tell those stories.

    This country has provided me that space both mentally and physically, and this is what gave me courage and passion to record/write things as i experienced them. I really felt it was important to show (based on my own experience) that behind the shocking statistics that makes big headlines on DRC and Rwanda in the west, there real people and they belong to families and communities. On other positive note, I considered hardship and other difficulties experienced as opportunities for better things, they were great stepping stones to greater experience.

    I am grateful for wonderful people like you who inspired me and encouraged me to write


  9. Neil Alexander
    Feb 27, 2014 @ 17:38:01

    Fiona what I found most inspiring was that the usual overly emotional recounting was absent. Therefore disclosing the grittiness of the realities of Alex & other’s lives.
    Thank you for sharing with us Alex.


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