I AM LEAVING MY HEART IN KIGALI: Stories to warm the heart.

I am returning to the States today, after spending an educational and wonderful 45 days.

And I have a few messages for enemies of Rwanda : give it up, this land of A Thousand Hills is on the mend, and there is no turning back.

The economy is booming, though there are challenges like elsewhere. Construction of new houses is up, and new businesses are mushrooming everywhere.

Rwandans across the board are optimistic and resilient. There is a sense of purpose in the entire population.

As I witnessed celebrations on Liberation Day on July 4th. I could not help but get emotional as I watched the incredible formations of Rwanda’s finest : the RDF. Talk of professionalism and sense of purpose and dedication. To the Gang of Four I say, take your best shot.

The dancing and poetry that day spoke volumes of Rwanda’s renewed spirit. There is a deep sense of wanting to move on from our painful history. Indeed, those who still speak in ethnic terms will be swept into the dustbins of history.

On a radio programme I heard a woman say that she is better off today than ever before : KUNGOMA YA HABYARIMANA NTA NIMBEBA NARINFITE, ARIKO UBU NFITE INKA NAHAWE NA LETA.

Tourism is on the rise, especially Americans. People of goodwill will be our best ambassadors to counter the negative messages of our enemies.

The rate at which young people in the Diaspora are returning home to stay is an expression of faith that Rwanda is on the
right path.

Our cause is just, and that is just about all we need to face the challenges of tomorrow: One Nation. One people, joined by a common destiny.


2 responses to “I AM LEAVING MY HEART IN KIGALI: Stories to warm the heart.

  1. Umuhoza Patience

    You have left your heart in the right place. You came, you saw, you conquered! You have the strength of character and the largess of heart to acknowledge and defend what is good and the courage to say what does not work. Bless you always and come back again. Umuhoza

  2. I have always wanted to meet you—its a pity you were in Kigali and I didn’t know. Next time you return, lets share a drink together. Thanks for the great work you do!


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