Days in land thou­sand hills

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the city’s su­per­mar­kets. When the people hear you are from Nigeria,they seem to draw closer to you. In Ki­gali, a lot of at­ten­tion is given to flow­ers and gar­dens. There are many of such in Ki­gali, and it is a very flo­ral cap­i­tal. The fact that the coun­try was mark­ing the 20th an­niver­sary of the 1994 geno­cide at the time of my visit, meant that there were so many wreaths on sale, or be­ing car­ried on the streets by in­di­vid­u­als. So there were flow­ers all over Ki­gali at that time .One day I came across a girl who had a mov­ing story to tell. Her mother who was part Hutu and part Tutsi was killed be­cause she had blood from both sides. Then she, the girl I was in­ter­view­ing, now said that she was raped by the mili­tias who were very an­noyed that her mother was both Tutsi and Hutu.Clearly, you couldn’t be both Hutu and Tutsi. You must be one or the other, the mili­tia ar­gued at that time. Its such a har­row­ing and painful story. But the girl would not agree to be in­ter­viewed, even with as­sur­ance that I will shield her iden­tity. The mem­ory was too much for her. There is a com­mu­nity in Ki­gali specif­i­cally set up for wid­ows of the geno­cide, and an­other for or­phans of the geno­cide.

The ho­tels in Ki­gali are not very ex­pen­sive, and there are very many of all the time within Ki­gali.As I was mak­ing to fly out of Ki­gali, and this was at 11:00 pm one night, I no­ticed that work men were busy do­ing some ren­o­va­tions at the Ki­gali air­port. No­body was grum­bling, but a good na­tured hap­pi­ness and ded­i­ca­tion to duty, sur­rounded them as they laboured. It was such a spe­cial in­spir­ing sight which gave prom­ise of so much. Now,I will com­ment on a num­ber of home grown so­lu­tions which have fa­cil­i­tated the re­cov­ery of Rwanda. The first of these is the


mong the coun­tries in East­ern Africa.

All mo­tor­cy­clists in Rwanda must use the hel­met. This also ap­plies to the pas­sen­ger.

The women of Rwanda look very im­pres­sive in their tra­di­tional at­tire.

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