Human of Kigali

Bwitare the soldier, Nkusi the teacher, rest in power.

When our children ask, we’ll say we lived with heroes, we’ll relate stories of men, and tales of women, who gave their hearts, dedicated their youth, their minds for the love for this land, A land which took all from us, a place hard to live, a country which wisdom would advise to flee and avoid; that’s the country to ...

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Trump has a point, even though we may not like it.

We may not like what President Donald Trump is saying about WHO, China and the world at large, in fact we do not like it at all, but he has a point, and acknowledging that would empower us to address him in earnest, with honesty and efficiency. The world is led by two things: Bombs and Dollars; a carrot and ...

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Uriya ni umusazi?

Uriya ni Umusazi… I don’t know how many times I have heard that comment made to me: ‘uriya ni umusazi’. It is dismissively made by people who are made uncomfortable by one’s expressed freedom of thought. ‘That person is mad’. Rwandans who can’t argue with you, call you mad. What they don’t know is that ‘ubusazi’ as they call it, ...

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Petit Pays: We all deserve to be children

When a book is that good, it’s almost impossible to match it with a film, Petit Pays – the film won that bet! The descriptive talent of the author must have made it easier for the film director, but still, a faithful rendition of the opus magnum that is Gael Faye’s ‘Petit Pays’ – the book. Bravo Eric Barbier! You ...

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La France se mure dans le déni 26 ans après le Genocide des Tutsi

La France, encore elle… Le Senat français s’apprête à accueillir les négationnistes du dernier génocide du 20e siècle. 26 ans après les faits, la responsabilité complice de la France dans le génocide perpétré contre les Tutsi entre Avril et Juin 1994 n’est plus à prouver. Des témoignages des chercheurs, des militaires français, mais surtout des survivants révèlent dans les moindres ...

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Why are young people hired in leadership positions in Rwanda?

Why are young people hired in top positions in Rwanda? In Greek mythology when Icarus’ father made him wings of wax to fly out of Greece, he warned him of complacency and hubris. Master Daedalus, Icarus’ father warned him to fly neither too low nor too high, so the sea’s dampness wouldn’t clog his wings nor the sun’s heat melt ...

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How to drink Alcohol:

An advanced class on etiquette.. Urban legend has it, President Kagame was traveling to the Eastern province and happened upon old sages sipping on local Kanyanga as the cows grazed nearby. The ever pious that he is, advised them to stop drinking so early. The elders shook their heads in disbelief, the most eloquent among them begun, clearing his throat ...

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How Ruling parties do business.

An essay about the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF)’s Business Arm: It isn’t an easy fit for political parties in power to run clean, efficient and profitable businesses. So many things can go wrong and often do. Most parties have tried and failed, others still run white elephants, parasites to the systems they rule. Yet a political party without a stable ...

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25 ans plus tard, l’Etat français n’arrive toujours pas à faire face à ses demons du Génocide perpétré contre les Tutsi.

S’il y a un Français qui de son vivant a pu heurté la conscience des rescapés du Génocide perpétré contre les Tutsi en 1994, il s’agit bien de Pierre Péan. Son livre “Noires fureurs et Blancs menteurs” était d’un cynisme sans nom. Confondant les bourreaux aux victimes, et accusant ceux qui ont stoppé le genocide, à savoir l’Armée Patriotique Rwandaise d’avoir provoqué la mort de leurs propre frères et soeurs pour accéder au pouvoir. Le livre de Péan ...

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