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Donatian Mahanga is from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). In 1996, 10 year old Donatian fled his country with his family when the brutal civil war ravaged DRC.  As his family fled, he lost six of his siblings.  He spent the next 20 years in a refugee camp in Malawi. While Donatian was in the refugee camp, he took part in organizing a youth group to build a school and initiated a program that empowered children and young adults. He also found love and passion for music during that time. He arrived in Tucson in 2016 and got a job at the Tucson Medical Center. Outside his job, Donatian is known as DJ Grin and he writes music and performs at different venues to share stories of his homeland. “Through music you can communicate with all kinds of people,” he said.