Daily Archives: July 3, 2012

Rwanda at 50: Reflections, Reconstruction and Recovery.

Margee Ensign (*)



margee_ensign.jpgThe man grabbed her purse and started to run. She reacted strongly — pulling it back and kicking the predator. A purse snatching in Kigali, Rwanda? No, a play reenacted today, June 30th, in Amahoro stadium to mark Rwanda's 50th year of independence! Why such an unusual display? It is to show that in Rwanda, women are strong and capable of self-protection.

Rwanda is celebrating 50 years of independence from colonialism and 18 years of liberation. What is the difference? Fifty years ago, the Belgians left a country with a foundation of racism, division and hate.

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