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Rwandan Camp: Day 3, Kigali, Rwanda travel blog

Rwandan Camp: Day 3

A travel blog entry by joelmeeker

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... of Health where he had a 9:00 meeting with an assistant to the Minister. This was to move forward the dossier of recognition for Smile Rwanda. The rest of us continued on, arriving at Runda a few minutes before 9:00. I had called ahead to ask to have the ...

Nyamata and Ntarama Memorials, Kigali, Rwanda travel blog

Nyamata and Ntarama Memorials

A travel blog entry by paul_dulais

I went out to see two of the principal genocide memorials near Kigali today. Both are situated in churches that were so often the focal point of massacres after people flocked to them vainly looking for a place of refuge. In some horrible instances it was ...

How many people can you fit in a landrover?, Ruhengeri / Kigali, Rwanda travel blog

How many people can you fit in a landrover?

A travel blog entry by froglin81

... shade. They were not waiting for buses, they were just killing time, because they had no jobs." Our last night in Rwanda was Marcus's 25th birthday and it was classic. We insisted he dress up in a bright pink nylon jumpsuit, multicoloured shellsuit ...

A Brief History of Rwanda, Kigali, Rwanda travel blog

A Brief History of Rwanda

A travel blog entry by reef

... let Rwanda down terribly in its hour of need. The UN had supplied a peacekeeping force, United Nations Assistance Mission For Rwanda (UNAMIR), deployed in October 1993, in order to try to enforce the Arusha agreements. They were grossly underfunded, and ...

Leaving Burundi, Kigali, Rwanda travel blog

Leaving Burundi

A travel blog entry by joelmeeker

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... I tried one more time and reached the Rwandair office. When I told them I was calling to confirm the 8:45 pm flight to Kigali, they replied, "didn't anyone reach you about that?" When I responded negatively, I was told that the flight had been cancelled. ...

The Saddest Place on Earth, Kigali, Rwanda travel blog

The Saddest Place on Earth

A travel blog entry by jlabbe

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... equalled the halves and the halve nots.  The minority Tutsis held all the wealth in the country for a long time until Rwanda became independant and the Hutus decided they had enough.  It started with small murder sprees, later turned into large ...

Thursday in Kigali, Kigali, Rwanda travel blog

Thursday in Kigali

A travel blog entry by joelmeeker

... breakfast at around 7:30, after which they headed off to the CHK as it's called here. That stands for Centre Hospitalier de Kigali, which is where the Rwandan dental program of the United Church of God Good Works Project is conducted. They got set up and ...

Kigali, Kigali, Rwanda travel blog

Kigali

A travel blog entry by jeneggener

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... government conspiracy to screw foreigners) and making the plane actually wait for me (yikes!), I took the 2 hour flight to Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, the land of a thousand hills.   I was promptly picked up by Julie, my cousin's good ...

Rwandan Camp: Day 2, Kigali, Rwanda travel blog

Rwandan Camp: Day 2

A travel blog entry by joelmeeker

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... 8:00, but traffic was very heavy, so we had to take a detour and more than half an hour just to get to central Kigali. We stopped at a Bible book store to purchase Bibles for the young people that didn’t have them. We bought 7 Bibles in ...

An especially interesting day, Kigali, Rwanda travel blog

An especially interesting day

A travel blog entry by joelmeeker

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... we've learned our lesson." Probably all humanity throughout all human history could express the same hope.   We drove back into Kigali and had a brief breather before attending our team hosted for the dental staff at the hospital to thank them for ...

Last full day in Rwanda, Kigali, Rwanda travel blog

Last full day in Rwanda

A travel blog entry by joelmeeker

... on a back street. So I had a light dinner at the Bloom once again. My three friends got back around 9:00 or so and we talked briefly about the plans for tomorrow. It will be a busy one which will include my departure from Rwanda and Africa for this ...

To Giti and back, Kigali, Rwanda travel blog

To Giti and back

A travel blog entry by joelmeeker

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... van which, technically, had a capacity of 15 including the driver. There were the 4 Americans, 1 Kenyan, and 5 Rwandans from the Kigali area, plus Pierre. I've seen as many as 29 passengers, including children, in such a van; it seems there's always ...

Rwanda, Kigali, Rwanda travel blog

Rwanda

A travel blog entry by philiphafstad

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... saw hundreds of refugees with their belongings on their heads escaping from DR Congo. after this we drove down to Kigali, the capital of Rwanda. Rwanda is mostly famous for the genocide in 1994. over a million people were murdered here and you can still ...

My Home, Kigali, Rwanda travel blog

My Home

A travel blog entry by andreakolb

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... arrival in Kigali. I am very lucky, I didn't even have to look for a lodging, Cordula arranged everything for me. And it's a lovely house. I am very happy and I feel at home already. The first week in Kigali I stayed at Arlette's house, another ...

Arrival in Rwanda, Kigali, Rwanda travel blog

Arrival in Rwanda

A travel blog entry by joelmeeker

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The flight from Nairobi went smoothly both leaving and arriving on time. There was some turbulence in the clouds over Lake Victoria, but nothing serious.  We landed a little before 1:00 pm local time (2 pm Nairobi time). I cleared immigration ...

Atonement in Muhazi and back to Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya travel blog

Atonement in Muhazi and back to Nairobi

A travel blog entry by joelmeeker

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... to get started so that we wouldn't run too late. Flight schedules had dictated that I was going to have to fly out of Kigali in mid-afternoon. A few days back I was notified that the Air France/Kenya Airways flight had been moved even earlier. So I ...

Meetings in Kigali, Kigali, Rwanda travel blog

Meetings in Kigali

A travel blog entry by joelmeeker

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... , or people who are angry with the course the country is taking. Overall, however, from what I can see, things seem pretty positive for the future of Rwanda. There was a beautiful sunset over the city as we drove back to my hotel for the night. ...

KIgali, Kigali, Rwanda travel blog

KIgali

A travel blog entry by pierrez

See the January 12th entry (entry #7) for the story on Kigali and the genocide ...

Sunday in Kigali, Kigali, Rwanda travel blog

Sunday in Kigali

A travel blog entry by joelmeeker

... believe the bargain wasn't too hard.   I had a counseling session in the afternoon with a church member who lives in Kigali. Our gorilla gang came back about 6:00 tired and muddy, but beaming with joy over their close encounters with a silverback ...

Finally Silverbacks, Kigali, Rwanda travel blog

Finally Silverbacks

A travel blog entry by pinkkaz

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... our flight to Kigali where we were met by our final driver/leader. He kindly agreed to drive us to the SOS Children Village in Kigali so I could meet Faith, one of 6 children I have just started to sponsor. The village is very well set up and has almost ...

Rwandan Camp: Day 4, Kigali, Rwanda travel blog

Rwandan Camp: Day 4

A travel blog entry by joelmeeker

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Today was our last day of normal camp activities. I wanted Daniel and Cindy to have the chance to see the Kigali Genocide Memorial Center, and if they didn't go today, they wouldn’t have the chance. So Doc and I dropped them at the Center at a ...

Camp prep in Kigali, Kigali, Rwanda travel blog

Camp prep in Kigali

A travel blog entry by joelmeeker

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... we knew none of this when Dr Swartz began working here in Kigali. Who would have imagined such a connection between a dentist in Kigali, Rwanda and a dentist from the Columbia, Missouri area? After breakfast, Doc (as he is affectionately known) took a ...

Some rest at Camp, Kigali, Rwanda travel blog

Some rest at Camp

A travel blog entry by joelmeeker

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... , we gave the campers free time until 4:30 when we would start the Bible Bowl game.  The hour-long game, another first for Rwanda (at least in our church), was a great success. I started with a trick question of sorts: who spoke these words to ...

My Workplace, Kigali, Rwanda travel blog

My Workplace

A travel blog entry by andreakolb

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... will be working within a new programme, called Democratisation and "Reconciliation" Programme (reconciliation is a quite controversial term here in Rwanda). It is the consolidation of 3 former GTZ projects: 1) judiciary reform 2) youth policy 3) civic ...

Heading north of South, Kigali, Rwanda travel blog

Heading north of South

A travel blog entry by joelmeeker

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... full of Cameroonians, loudly discussing various topics of interest (to them) in French. Finally at 10:15 pm the flight left for Kigali. The flight and arrival formalities went smoothly. I caught a taxi to a new hotel we're trying: the Bloom Hotel near ...

Bujumbura to Kigali, Kigali, Rwanda travel blog

Bujumbura to Kigali

A travel blog entry by joelmeeker

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... so Mr. Mundeli didn't arrive at the airport until shortly after I left in a taxi for Chez Lando, my usual hotel in Kigali. I had reserved a room on their relatively new website, and had received the confirmation e-mail, but the fellow at the desk has no ...

A troubled past and a bright future in Rwanda, Kigali, Rwanda travel blog

A troubled past and a bright future in Rwanda

A travel blog entry by maxigrove

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Hello to everyone back home and whoever else might be following along. This blog is from Kigali, Rwanda. We have spent only 4 days in Rwanda  but they have been  very memorable.  The main reason we are here is to see the protected Mountain ...

Kigali, a German town in Africa, Kigali, Rwanda travel blog

Kigali, a German town in Africa

A travel blog entry by nic.

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... Rwanda. The bus ride was fine, maybe not all that comfortable, yet at least we were not packed like pickles. When we reached Kigali we grabbed our backpacks and went searching for a place to stay, because we had not really booked anything, which was good, ...

Weekend in Rwanda, Kigali, Rwanda travel blog

Weekend in Rwanda

A travel blog entry by angelagiampolo

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... nbsp; We went to Cactus for dinner, a restaurant situated on a hill overlooking the rest of the hills that make up KigaliRwanda is known as the country of a thousand hills (hence "Hotel Des Mille Collines").  The view was phenomenal.  ...

A Feast Day in rural Rwanda, Kigali, Rwanda travel blog

A Feast Day in rural Rwanda

A travel blog entry by joelmeeker

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... and we can begin and end such a fast at any time that works best for us. 2.      In Rwanda after the mourning period following a death, some people invite their friends to a feast after prayers for the deceased. What should we do ...

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