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How can you wrap your head around the lack  of and the loss of humanity in a genocide that took up to a million lives in three months? It’s very hard for us to imagine that this lovely country was the site of one of the worst killing fields in our lifetime. And yet, present day Rwanda doesn’t seem to even resemble that Rwanda of 1994. We had quite a contrasting day when Richard Niswenshuti, our Kigali Program Manager showed us the progressive city of Kigali and took us to the the Nyanamata Genocide memorial

As we drove through the streets of Kigali we saw all the evidence of a growing economy.   New construction, clean, well maintained streets, flourishing businesses ( including driving by the hair salon of our Bpeace Fast Runner Jeanne  and seeing  it  full of fashionable ladies getting their hair done). This country is ripe as a banana for growth and we are excited to be part of  the opening of the first ice cream shop in Rwanda.  Sunday we leave for Butare for our first meeting with the ladies we will be training.

So today we honored the past and the present Rwanda. The church at Nyanamata was a graphic example of a massacre and a mass grave. A banner in the front reads “If you knew me, and if you really knew yourself, you would not have killed me.” The church is left, much as it was that day with pews full of  clothes of the 10,000 who were killed here including women and children. Skulls and bones line shelves  in an underground mass grave. It is so very real and so very raw.

Part of the cause of the genocide was  poverty, unemployment and idleness. It truly brings to mind why we are here, because Bpeace believes more jobs mean less violence.

How can you wrap your head around the lack  of and the loss of humanity in a genocide that took up to a million lives in three months? It’s very hard for us to imagine that this lovely country was the site of one of the worst killing fields in our lifetime. And yet, present day Rwanda doesn’t seem to even resemble that Rwanda of 1994. We had quite a contrasting day when Richard Niswenshuti, our Kigali Program Manager showed us the progressive city of Kigali and took us to the the Nyanamata Genocide memorial

As we drove through the streets of Kigali we saw all the evidence of a growing economy.   New construction, clean, well maintained streets, flourishing businesses ( including driving by the hair salon of our Bpeace Fast Runner Jeanne  and seeing  it  full of fashionable ladies getting their hair done). This country is ripe as a banana for growth and we are excited to be part of  the opening of the first ice cream shop in Rwanda.  Sunday we leave for Butare for our first meeting with the ladies we will be training.

So today we honored the past and the present Rwanda. The church at Nyanamata was a graphic example of a massacre and a mass grave. A banner in the front reads “If you knew me, and if you really knew yourself, you would not have killed me.” The church is left, much as it was that day with pews full of  clothes of the 10,000 who were killed here including women and children. Skulls and bones line shelves  in an underground mass grave. It is so very real and so very raw.

Part of the cause of the genocide was  poverty, unemployment and idleness. It truly brings to mind why we are here, because Bpeace believes more jobs mean less violence.

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