Tag Archives: Staff Stories

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July 25, 2012

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
March 30, 2012

Rwanda, the Land of a…

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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July 12, 2012

Molly Pays Respects to Dian…

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
April 18, 2012

Look, the Mzungu is in…

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…