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On the Road from Ruhengeri: A Journey Into the Land of a Thousand Hills

Between April and June of 1994, an estimated 800,000 Rwandans were killed within 100 days. Most of those massacred were Tutsis—and those who perpetrated their killings, Hutus. The violence was sparked by the death of Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana, a Hutu, when his plane was shot down over Kigali airport ... read more

Haifa Mahabir

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The Sounds of Rwinkwavu

Rwinkwavu (called Rwink by the expats that frequent it or live there and pronounced Ringwav by native Kinyarwanda speakers) is a quiet little place in a poor town on the dirt road to Akagera National Park. There is also a sweet hospital there which specializes in treating people with HIV ... read more

John DeRiggi

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Hello Moto!

Moto taxis are everywhere in Kigali and they're generally a very efficient way of getting around. And they're a lot of fun. Most rides cost between 300 - 700 RWF (just under to just over a dollar) depending on how far you want to go and the tenacity at which ... read more

John DeRiggi

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First Rwanderings

The Silverback Mountain Gorilla. This one is absolutely massive and doesn't seem to care much about the nervous group of North Americans standing 3 feet from his hulking body. The silverbacks, named for the grayish-silverish hair on their um...backs, are at least 12 years old and weigh as much as ... read more

John DeRiggi

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Etiquette

Rude and not rude in Rwanda

John DeRiggi

01 Jul 2009

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Not Rude: Clamoring for a place in line when trying to buy something. I realize this is in the "not rude" category for a lot of countries but I think it's interesting when conflated with other aspects of Rwandan culture which are considered totally rude. For example... Totally Rude: Passing between two people who are having a conversation. Say two people are standing in a tight hallway talking to each other. If you need to get by it would be sooooo rude to pass between them. Also, if you put someone in a position where they are forced to walk in between you and the person with whom you are speaking, then they will feel beyond uncomfortable.

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