Munganyinka: “After I was chased from my village and Dominique and others looted it, I became homeless and insane. Later, when he asked my pardon, I said: ‘I have nothing to feed my children. Are you going to help raise my children? Are you going to build a house for them?’ The next week, Dominique came with some survivors and former prisoners who perpetrated genocide. There were more than 50 of them, and they built my family a house. Ever since then, I have started to feel better. I was like a dry stick; now I feel peaceful in my heart, and I share this peace with my neighbors.”
Rwandan politics are far more complex than they seem on the surface. Kagame has done some things very well (not the least of which was bringing the RPF into Rwanda in the early 90s, and particularly in 94), but when I was there in 97 on a food security project, it was clear that as an outsider it was very difficult to disentangle the tensions between groups. Kagame certainly wants to portray a government of unity and reconciliation, but I’m not sure how deep that goes. Museveni presented himself like this in Uganda as well, and there were serious questions there as well. I doubt that on a trip like this you’ll have the chance to hear the dissenting opinions and questions, but it’s worth developing an ear for hesitations, careful phrasings, and evasions.