Teen's journey from terror leads to state award

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Christian Ndushabandi poses with his mother, Elise Lukambo, in their Colorado Springs apartment Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013. A picture of his father, Cassien Ndushabandi, who was killed in the Rwanda genocide in 1994, hangs on the wall behind them. His mother, Elise Lukambo, was left for dead after being struck by a machete during the genocide. The 19-year-old and Palmer High School graduate will receive a Mile High Youth Corps award and will give a speech at the Colorado State Capitol Monday. Photo by CHRISTIAN MURDOCK/The Gazette