Reliving the genocide, and hoping for the future
Trip Start Jun 10, 2009
10Trip End Jun 22, 2009
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At 12:30 Jean-Marie and I drove to the airport, hoping to meet the media crew: Peter Eddington and Clay Thornton. They did in fact arrive on the flight from Nairobi and finally came out with their luggage at about 1:30 pm. They had not changed clothes, washed or shaved since yesterday (I have to admit I know that feeling), but if we were to try to stick to our schedule we needed to head straight to Remera for the interviews with the Mundelis. So off we went, out of
Kigali, up into the mountains, off the blacktop, and onto red-dirt roads. We arrived at the Mundelis' home at around 2:30, and chatted briefly. Mrs. Mundeli served us each a cold soft drink, a bit of a luxury in much of Africa, and a kind mark of hospitality. Then we moved outside
for the interviews.
Clay, an Emmy-award-winning cameraman, and producer was concerned about lighting. There was no electricity, so we could use no artificial light. But when they set up, Clay found the natural lighting was close to perfect. The sun was slightly veiled by clouds which diffused the
light just so. Conditions could scarcely have been better.
They showed us places where they hid young people from the militia, where Mrs. Mundeli was beaten on the head with a rifle-but but refused to give away the hiding place, where, tragically, some young people were captured and brutally murdered, but also where others were saved. Their story of courage, humility, commitment to God and to the fundamental tenants of Christianity was an inspiration to us all. I don’t want to spoil the telling of moving story, but I will just say: don’t miss the FOT video!
Clay and Peter recorded like men on a mission (which they were),
We drove slowly back to Kigali after sunset. Traffic in Rwanda moves much more slowly in the dark. Peter and Clay were happy to have a quick shower and change and then we had dinner together at the hotel and swapped stories of Nigeria, Malawi, South Africa (on their part) and Cameroon, Congo, and Burundi (on mine). It was relaxing and there was a good deal of laughter.
We’ll all turn in early tonight, I’m sure. Tomorrow we will have a service, shoot video and fellowship with the Rwandan church members. It should be another full and inspiring day.
Where I stayed