Yes, it’s a country that has suffered it’s troubles till to date- most famously known for the Genocide tragedy of the 1994 by most, making it not so easy to convince the world that Rwanda is more than the picture mostly painted, or what happened.
Getting here, staying, growing and living here makes me discover who Rwanda really is; am not talking of it’s location, or its physical features! The land of a thousand hills it is known for and indeed, it is.
Its amazing how a person out there, till today will frown in surprise on the notice that I reside in Rwanda- truth is that even when this age of technology keeps everyone updated about places closer or furthest from them, Rwanda is thought of as that scary place, haunted by war still.
A rich culture it has had from past, and as tragedy vegetated; the people were split from the strong bond that once held them. Happy people they are, yes they don’t easily open up; getting to know more of who they are and appreciating their culture lets you.
So sudden, was the horrible experience that stormed Rwanda- like a thief in the night. A dark cloud filled with greed, hate and ruthless intensions covered the country; bloodshed was all that fed the sight, and screams into the air; it was a Genocide, that claimed over 1,000,000 dead and as the slaughter went on, the world didn’t know the depth of this, hopes of rescue were pale. It was an act that made way into even holy places that Churches and most church leaders were under this dark spell!
On a long road of reconciliation is Rwanda, day today as the country grows through business and infrastructure, forgiveness is a continuous lesson that is taught mainly through leadership and administration because with this at people’s hearts, the great experience of horrors can never be sighted again. It’s a long process where Rwanda has to heal from past wounds, fresh dreams built and a peaceful future attained.
Moving on hasn’t been so easy but it prevails, as reconciliation is sought, peace established in, within the people and the country, then slowly Rwanda is on the road steadily to development. Its now 20 years since and a lot of development has been seen, that again much raises one’s eyebrows as they get to see for themselves. Its more than the Rwanda that people think they knew- guess I’ve fallen in love with it, maybe, but I hold no regrets.
Hope is what Rwanda holds onto, that never will the tragedy happen again.