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Hiking. Climbing. Trekking. Scaling. Slipping. Falling. Breathing. Aching. Nauseating. Dreading. Break time?? No, seriously. Break time?? Wow. Nyiragongo kicked my a@%#. Joining a bubbly group of Europeans, Canadians and Americans - most of whom were 20-somethings residing somewhere in Africa teaching or volunteering - we gathered at the ranger station in Kibati, DRC - the trailhead for climbing the Nyiragongo volcano. We would climb for roughly five hours to the summit at the rim of ...
Kigali had eased the tension and fear I felt entering east Africa, but only temporarily. Dave had booked us to visit (climb more specifically) one of two active volcanoes out of the eight total volcanoes that stretch across the border between the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Rwanda in what's known as the Virunga National Park. So the lava lake awaited us and the time came to cross the border into DRC. Leaving Rwanda was simple after we ...
... Independence in 1962 the Hutu majority took power and limited the
opportunities for the Tutsis. A 1972 massacre of Hutus in Burundi
prompted a military coup in Rwanda. It now can be seen that Major
General Habyarimana who took power had a decided plan to get rid of
the Tutsi people. In 1990 5000 soldiers of the Rwandan Patriotic
Front, all exiled Tutsis invaded Rwanda from Uganda. France, Belgium
and the DRC ...
... to have your neighbours turn on you and beat, rape and murder you often with machetes and blunt objects. They had a small exhibit on the children killed in the genocide, telling you about their best friends, favourite foods, sometimes what their last words were and then how they were killed. Fr Edison was sick with a old that he caught yesterday do many confirmations that I was suppose to come today instead. Time to go through another security ...
0630 and we are ready to do it all again! Much more relaxed today but also knowing that this will most likely be a completely different experience from yesterday's trip. We have our briefing and are assigned the Sabyinyo Group. Our guide Afrika says this is his favourite group as it has the oldest, biggest male silverback on record in Africa! He also assures us that the trek will be much smoother and shorter, not that yesterday's trek was that difficult. ...