Days in land thousand hills
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.