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Sam Naz Sam Naz | 10:34 UK time, Wednesday, 13 July 2011

This week on BBC Three, a new season of programmes started to look at the lives of extraordinary people across Britain. Extraordinary Me tells the inspirational stories of how these young people are coping with adult life in their challenging situations.

Here are a couple that I wanted to tell you a bit more about:

With a starring role in the feature film Africa United already under his belt; Roger Nsengiyumva is a rising star. But he's lucky to be alive. He was born in Rwanda in 1994 during one of the deadliest episodes in modern times - the genocide. It was his mother's sheer bravery which saved his life. In Roger: Genocide Baby, he returns to Rwanda to see for himself how the country is moving on from that harrowing episode - and he discovers whether he's ready to forgive his father's killers.

Roger's dad was one of around 800,000 people who were brutally murdered in 100 terrifying days in 1994. Their crime? They came from the wrong ethnic group - most of them were Tutsis. It was all sparked by the death of the Rwandan President at the time, Juvenal Habyarimana, who belonged to the Hutu tribe. His plane was shot down over the country's capital city, Kigali, and the finger of blame was pointed at Tutsi rebels - something they've strongly denied. The incident brought ethnic tension to a head, and the Hutu militias began their slaughter of Tutsis and moderate Hutus.

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You can see a collection of reports from the time in this BBC News slide-show 100 days of genocide. The BBC's Fergal Keane reported from the country and saw the aftermath of the atrocities first hand. He returned to the scene of the massacre to mark the first anniversary of the genocide in 1995, and I urge you to read his moving report here.

Attempts to bring those who carried out the brutal attacks to justice are still ongoing. Just last month, a woman was convicted of genocide by an international court for the first time - her trial took 10 years to complete.

At 18, Josie Bellerby is facing the toughest decision of her life. Her mum carries a gene which drastically increases the risk of getting breast cancer to 80%. It's already been passed through the generations, killing Josie's grandmother and great grandmother. Her mum took the drastic decision to have both her breasts removed after discovering she had the gene too. So, should Josie have the test to find out if she's inherited it or is she too young? That's the tough question she tries to get her head around in Josie: My Cancer Curse.

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Cancer Research UK says around 48,000 people are diagnosed with breast cancer in the UK each year and most of them are women. The main breast cancer genes are BRCA1 and BRCA2 - both can be tested for if you have a very strong family history. However, researchers have stressed that inheriting a breast cancer gene is rare - they estimate that only around 3% of all breast cancer cases are caused by inherited genes.
If you're worried about your hereditary risk, please contact your doctor. You can also get lots more information, as well as help and advice, from the organisations listed on this BBC Health page.

Journalist Sam Naz presents the 60seconds news bulletins on BBC Three.



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