Flying across three continents is bearable since I know there will be friends and family to embrace upon arrival. Rwanda is my family’s second home. Kigali is the capital and gateway to Rwanda. Kigali is a bustling modern city, a dramatic dichotomy from the rest of the country. Over the course of our visits, I have seen this village become a metropolis nestled within this Land of a Thousand Hills. The former quiet streets are now a dynamic beehive of activity.
In sharp contrast to the rest of the countryside, the capital is an expression of the dynamic growth of Rwanda. It is more than a symbol of people overcoming the difficulties of life. It is a sign of progress where humanity is greater than the constraints of politics and the conflicts arising from parochial frames of reference. In 1990, this was a sleeping village of less than 200,000 people. Today it is a bustling city with over 1.5 million people.
You will experience three Rwanda’s as you travel with me. Kigali is an experience unto itself. During our initial visits, we had to plan for every contingency, because it was difficult to find personal items, if you ran out or found a need. Today, nothing you would want you need bring with you, because you can find it in Kigali. The transformation of this city in the last decade is a monument to the ingenuity and hard work of the people of Rwanda.