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Location - East/Central Africa; Capital - Kigali; Population - 10 million; Currency - Rwanda Franc

From Kampala, Uganda we took a bus direct to Kigali, in December 2007.

 

rwandnote1000 Rwandan Francs

 

 

 

rwand18Nyamirambo mosque in the Muslim quarter of Kigali

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rwand17Selling fruit in the Nyamirambo area - Kigali

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rwand2Kigali city centre

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

rwand6The Kigali Memorial Centre is a memorial to the 1994 genocide.
It is the resting place for around 250,000 people who died in Kigali and surrounds - Kigali

The museum is excellent and well worth visiting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

rwand5The wall of names has a long way to go to be completed - Kigali Memorial Centre, Kigali

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rwand8The Kigali Memorial Centre houses a museum, gardens and a documentation centre

 

 

rwand9Mass graves in the Kigali Memorial Centre - Kigali

Between 800,000 and 1 million people were killed in Rwanda over a period of only 100 days, starting in April 1994.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I've read 2 very informative books about the genocide -


Season Of Blood: A Rwandan Journey by Fergal Keane


We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed Along With Our Families by Philip Gourevitch


- Shake Hands With The Devil by Romeo Dallaire, the UN Force Commander in Rwanda from 1993, is also meant to be a very good account

 

 

rwand12Part of the memorial gardens - Kigali

Visit the Kigali Memorial Centre website here

The Centre was established in partnership with the Aegis Trust

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

rwand7View of Kigali from the Memorial Centre

 

 

rwand20Walking along Rue de la Securite, just north of Nyamirambo mosque, we saw the amazing sight of hundreds of bats clinging to the trees, in broad daylight - Kigali

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rwand22Rue de la Securite - Kigali

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

rwand22aA spot of construction work on Rue Kalisimbi - central Kigali

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rwand16The influence of football and the English Premiership shows itself in Kigali

 

 

rwand25Hotel des Milles Collines and it's assistant manager at the time of the genocide, Paul Rusesabagina, were the inspiration for the film Hotel Rwanda - Kigali

More about Paul Rusesabagina here

More about Hotel Rwanda here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

rwand31The view from the top floor restaurant at Hotel des Milles Collines - Kigali

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

rwand32Swimming pool at Hotel des Milles Collines - Kigali

 

 

rwand29Night time view from Hotel des Milles Collines, Kigali

 

 

rwand33The site of Radio Rwanda.
I'm not sure whether this was the location of the former station RTLM, aka Hate Radio, which broadcast Hutu Power propaganda at the time of the genocide - Kigali
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RTLM explained here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

rwand35Ecole Technique Officielle was the setting for the film Shooting Dogs - Kigali

More here

Shooting Dogs official website here

 

 

 

 

 

rwand58Motel Bella is a colonial house close to the shores of Lake Kivu in Gisenyi, north west Rwanda

 

 

rwand70Motel Bella's gardens, leading to Lake Kivu - Gisenyi

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rwand62The beach outside Hotel Kivu Sun - Gisenyi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

rwand65Lake Kivu and Gisenyi's beach, with the DR Congo town of Goma stretching westwards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

rwand66The cacti get pretty big in Rwanda, Gisenyi

 

 

rwand40The DR Congo border is a short walk from Hotel Bella in Gisenyi - this photos shows the outskirts of Goma, close to the border

 

drcongonote100 DR Congo Francs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

rwand55A very active Nyiragongo volcano, in DR Congo - Gisenyi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

rwand61The grounds of Jamila Beach between Gisenyi and Rubona.
Jamila is the very amiable owner of Motel Bella in Gisenyi.
In December 2007 she was a few months away from opening Jamila Beach.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

rwand45We'd pop over to Jamila Beach for a day out - Gisenyi

 

 

rwand46Lunchtime overlooking Lake Kivu at Jamila Beach, with Marie (working for the UN in Goma), my friend Christina, and Jamila - Gisenyi

 

 

rwand59The gardens of Jamila Beach - Gisenyi.
Email her at
jamgisen@yahoo.com for more info about Jamila Beach.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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rwand52These fishing boats at Rubona are linked together for stability - Gisenyi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

rwand72Having a beer at Kinigi Guest House, Kinigi, the base for gorilla tracking near Musanze (Ruhengeri)

 

 

rwand75The Kinigi Guest House craft & souvenir shop - Kinigi

 

 

rwand77Cloud hangs over the Gahinga and Muhabura volcanoes - Kinigi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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rwand78Karisimbi and Bisoke volcanoes - Kinigi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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rwand79The early morning cloud in the valley below was a beautiful sight - Kinigi

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rwand86Driving past Sabinyo volcano on the way to the gorilla tracking base - Kinigi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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rwand87The Volcanoes National Park in the Virunga mountains, home to Rwanda's mountain gorillas

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rwand95Walking at an altitude of about 2400 metres in the Volcanoes National Park. The cultivated land is just outside the Park.

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rwand97The Volcanoes National Park ranges in altitude from 2400 to 4500 metres

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

rwand99On our way to the Sabinyo gorilla group in Volcanoes National Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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rwand103The first sight of a gorilla is fantastic - Volcanoes National Park

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rwand105The only time we saw one standing - Volcanoes National Park

 

 

rwand109One of the adult females in the Sabinyo group - Volcanoes National Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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rwand111Her shiny hair looks immaculate - Volcanoes National Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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rwand115All the gorillas were chomping their way through bamboo - Volcanoes National Park

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rwand117Looking at you looking at me - Volcanoes National Park

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rwand123Along comes the main man, Guhonda, the largest silverback in the Volcanoes National Park.
At 220kg he's an incredible sight.

My YouTube video

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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rwand127Guhonda with one of his offspring - Volcanoes National Park

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rwand131The baby gorillas are very cute - Volcanoes National Park

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rwand138Apparently bamboo is mildly intoxicating and the baby looked as though he'd had more than enough. The videos I have of him falling around are very funny - Volcanoes National Park. My YouTube videos 1 and 2

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rwand136Don't fancy yours much - another of the adult females, Volcanoes National Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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rwand139Father and child - Volcanoes National Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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rwand133Deep in thought, completely bored, or something else? Volcanoes National Park

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rwand146Guhonda - Volcanoes National Park

 

 

rwand155South of Kigali is the Nyamata genocide memorial.
A blood stained cloth covers the altar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

rwand157An information card at Nyamata genocide memorial

More info here, here and here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

rwand150Victims of the massacre at Nyamata church

 

 

rwand160A few kms from Nyamata is the haunting memorial at Ntarama church

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

rwand170The Interahamwe, a Hutu militia, tossed grenades through smashed holes in the church, killing the people seeking refuge inside.
Survivors were then killed by machete and other crude instruments
- Ntarama.

More info on the Interahamwe here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

rwand168Victims' clothes at Ntarama church

 

 

rwand163Clothes line the inside of Ntarama church

 

 

rwand1715000 people were killed in the grounds of Ntarama church in April 1994

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rwand172Belongings of those who died are stored in the church - Ntarama

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

rwand167Blood stains the back of the wall of the children's Sunday School - Ntarama

 

 

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LINKS

www.rwandapartners.org - helping Rwanda's 'healing and restoration'

www.hrw.org/reports/1999/rwanda - Human Rights Watch analysis of the genocide

www.rwanda-direct.com

www.rwandatourism.com - Rwanda tourist board (ORTPN) are responsible for the issuing of gorilla tracking permits

www.rwandagateway.org

 

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