Invest In People

​It's not everyday that you see a dead body. Last night, I did. His name is (or was?) Sibomana. He was crossing the road when a car hit him. Maybe, he was going to the shops to buy something for his wife and their baby. I don't know. But he died on spot. His lifeless …

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The Silent Killer

I have been hearing more and more stories about how awful today's youth are. It's sad to hear what people say about the category of humans that you fit into. People judging every move you make. It's like you're living under a microscope...we don't give up our seats for elders, we don't greet elders, we …

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Disturbing the Peace 

​A medium sized, middle class suburb located 19 km from the City Center, hence the name "cuminicyenda". We moved here in 2004. We hate this place for its remoteness to almost everything…the market, pharmacy, bank…most necessary goods and services are within riding distance. There’s not much activity here, so we commute elsewhere for them. And …

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One journey, One Purpose: To Claire and Placide

Today I'm invited to eat and drink while my best friend a.k.a my Tante is getting married. Our story began in 2009, when I first saw her during the Ingando. I knew from the start that there was something special about her. Her weird light shone bright and I instantly knew that she was that …

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His name is Kazungu. He’s an alcoholic. The last time he was sober was in 2004, when he made a deal with his sister. A deal not to drink for a week. Not even lick a drop off the bottle lid. The reward was 70,000 Rwandan Francs. That was 10,000 Rwandan Francs for each day …

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Wings clipped

The time: 11 AM.  Mom gets a phone call. The kind of call that gives you some shivers even before you answer it.  "She just passed on" Death has never been a comfortable topic for me, but recently that discomfort has intensified. I’ve wanted to write about Agnes for quite some time. I wasn’t planning …

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It's been almost a month since we last had access to tap water. We miss the sound of running tap water. Usually water would be gone for 2 or 3 days...then would be back and we fill every thing that can hold water before it goes again. But now, we've been waiting for the water …

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