Being given so much responsibility at age 19 is hardly intimidating for Mudiay, whose personal journey has forced him to mature at a faster rate than most of his peers. His family escaped the Democratic Republic of Congo, formerly Zaire, when it was in the midst of a bloody civil war. Mudiay was very young at the time his family fled to Dallas but he still has vivid, horrific memories of his country. “It was tough. There are some things you don’t forget growing up. Seeing your momma struggle. Dead bodies, gun shots, stuff like that,” Mudiay said. “It’s made me who I am today, mentally, physically. All that.”
via Washington Post