A friend of mine was recently in Rwanda. She writes very movingly about her experience and about how it has changed:-
It’s an early start. Breakfast is at 5.30am. We want to get the border as it opens to avoid any length queues which might hold us up. It was a good decision. Despite leaving a bit behind schedule (a familiar scenario) we are first to the border and get through pretty quickly, just as large crowd is forming behind us. We get to Kigali in good time, which means we can visit the Genocide Memorial Centre before the flight back to Nairobi. We all remember watching the news at the time but nothing we saw on our TV screens portrayed the full extent of what happened in Rwanda in 1994. The exhibition was harrowing. The chain of events difficult to take in. Impossible to understand. Images too graphic to dwell upon. Stories from survivors too upsetting to hear. We were all left numbed by the experience. In 1994, all civil life in Rwanda had totally collapsed. The country was dead. That was just 17 years ago. It seems inconceivable that a country could recover from that horror in such a short time. But Rwanda appears to be in full recovery – Arun (our driver) says that the country is doing well, developing at a rapid rate. Our experience was a wholly positive one. It’s a beautiful country and we felt very safe and welcome there. I hope their troubles are over – for good.
For more information regarding her trip you can read about it here on the Singing Wells Website http://www.singingwells.org/singing-wells-news/victorias-reflections-on-kisoro-the-batwa/