TIA – This is Africa


TIA. We first heard this phrase at our 2017 starting point in Madagascar, and then repeatedly in other parts of Africa. Typically, local people used the phrase by way of an explanation when something failed to work, or to explain …

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Jungle, forest, plains…and water of Rwanda


Rwanda is a small country; it only needs about 4 to 5 hours of driving to cross it. But it contains a diverse array of national parks and reserves, from the mountainous jungle of Volcanoes National Park (VNP) in the …

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Election Day, Rwanda


Good leadership unites people and finds ways to improve all lives. President Paul Kagame has just won a third term to lead Rwanda, as he has since 2003. He is widely popular. As a refugee and military leader against the …

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Gorillas and the fourth wall


Virunga. Perhaps you have read about this natural treasure and its notable inhabitants, the endangered gorilla. Perhaps you have seen documentaries or the movie, Gorillas in the Mist. We were willing to venture into the Congo, experience the Virunga forest …

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Genocide in Rwanda – fire and water


The bones and the charred clothing are all that remain…and the memories of the survivors. In just three months, the spring of 1994, the ruling party of Rwanda unleashed all out genocide against part of its population. Out of 7 …

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