Saturday, February 24, 2007

Final thoughts on Rwanda

Some lovely moments:

  • seeing a tiny boy playing with a ball made from a blown up plastic bag; seeing other small boys play with hoops and circles
  • mixing with and talking to many 'ordinary' Rwandans
  • hearing about the lack of corruption and the considerable (and seeming successful efforts to rebuild the Rwandan society)
  • finding that my French, when pushed, is not so bad
Some moments of contemplation:
  • the number of malnourished and/or begging children
  • the lack of old people
  • seeing the gacaca (people's courts) doling out justice
  • hearing people talk about 'forgiveness' and 'reconciliation', even during a gacaca trial so the perpetrator is not sent to prison, less than 13 years after the worst massacres in the country's history