During a two-hour conversation with Rwandan President, Paul Kagame, my colleagues from the International Reporting Project and I are taken in and taken aback by his candor, strength and ambition.
It seems impossible to fathom that between 800,000 and 1 million Tutsi Rwandans were slaughtered by their Hutu neighbors, co-workers and friends. But 17 years later, there are constant reminders, in the form of mandated genocide memorials. An attempt to never forget the horror of 1994.
Two marathon flights later, I’m in Kigali and traveling on smooth, new roads, courtesy of China. This is a nation of young people…a sad result of the genocide. This is a nation of contradictions, opulence for the leaders but certainly not how average Rwandans live.
Tamara Banks is in Rwanda, reporting on how that country has become an international model of how to rebuild and move forward after genocide. She is traveling on an IRP Gatekeeper Editors trip organized by the International Reporting Project. Check in here at cpt12.org/blog for her blog updates from her trip as she continues her work centered around genocide, crimes against humanity and social injustice.