Thursday, December 08, 2016

Rwanda (Stephen)

Most people know Rwanda through the 1994 genocide, in which 800,000 people were killed in just 100 days. The spectre of that tragedy lives on, through a traumatised population, constant media coverage, and a government which uses the event as a tool of reconciliation but also to exert control. Despite this, however, Rwanda is a forward-looking country. I had the fortune of living for four years in the country in the mid-2000s and found a welcoming and optimistic people. With the economy, human development, infrastructure, health and education all improving rapidly, against a backdrop of breath-taking scenery and wildlife, it is sometimes difficult to picture the horrors that came before.

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