The other day, my friend Sharangabo treated me to a visit to his farm in Ruhengeri at Kinigi. But, that in itself is a story on it’s own, on a different day.
As we walked to the farm that is symbolic of Rwanda’s new entrepreneurs, I was photographing the amazing nature all around, as well as the people of the village.
My soul is more at peace with a camera in my hand, looking through the viewfinder. Recording nature is a privilege and a gift that should never be taken for granted.
I posed to take a picture of a young thirteen year old boy that insisted on accompanying me. His name is Bizimana. He then asked me to send it to him. I was amused, but delighted by his insistence and confidence. I asked how I would send it, to which he replied, matter of factedly ” mail it to me.” He gave me his e-mail address by tearing a page from his notebook. When I say the new Rwanda is astounding, this is what I am talking about !
An hour later, the same boy returned and politely asked for the piece of paper where he had written his e-mail address, saying he had omitted “38” after his name.
Now I was really intrigued and pleasantly impressed, and could not resist asking : Mubihe bya Habyarimana se wari ufite e-mail ? The answer, for the record : Ashwi …ibyo se twari tubizi ?
This, folks, is the new Rwanda that Rudasingwa calls IRIMBI RISIZWE IRANGYE (a painted cemetery): words that will haunt him to his grave.