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Iby’lwacu: Preserving Rwandan Culture

At the Iby’Iwacu Cultural Village near Kinigi, Rwanda, 12 young men wearing blue loincloths and brightly colored beaded sashes leap into the air and swing their heads up and down, their long blonde headdresses whipping in wide arcs. Landing on the ground in unison, they cry out and stamp their feet, causing the ground to

Land of a Thousand Hills

Rwanda, the Land of a Thousand Hills

I arrived in Kigali for the first time a couple of days ago and I immediately understood why Rwanda is the so called land of a thousand hills. I must admit at first it wasn’t a really happy realisation since it was dark, we were about to land and I kept on seeing hills around

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Molly Pays Respects to Dian Fossey

In 1988, when I was 8 years old, my father brought my sister and I to see the movie Gorillas in the Mist which told the story of Dian Fossey’s life struggle to protect Rwanda’s mountain gorillas. As an animal lover, I was delighted by the scenes of Sigourney Weaver, who played Fossey, interacting with real mountain

Mzungu in Town

Look, the Mzungu is in Town!

I soon discovered the incredible feeling of being truly immersed in Rwanda and its people.
No matter where I went, no matter what I did, in the past few days the only thing I heard was “Mzungu”. “Mzungu” is the Swahili word with which they refer to toursits. I originally thought that mzungu simply meant “white”