A day at home
This is a typical view on our commute. This intersection (by N’Dolis and Chez Lando) is part of our drive to school. It is where the car started smoking last week when Dora was along, it is where we have been reprimanded by police officers for creeping into the crosswalk (or moto-walk, as seen in the picture) and it is where we were first made aware of a great political current event in Rwanda. (great being used to mean “of great importance” not “wonderful”)
The barely visible LED screen to the right of the frame is continuously flashing advertisements and messages. Last week we notices some messages aimed at European countries who are involved in the arrest of a Rwandan government official. Here area few links for further information (disclaimer: I realize that these are both Rwandan perspectives on the situation. That is my point)
Many, many Rwandans were involved in peaceful protests yesterday throughout the city of Kigali, hoping the bring international attention to this situation. KICS did not hold classes and we spent our day at home – listening to the ebb and flow of the neighborhood as they came and went and discussed the happenings in a language we don’t understand. Our minds were with them as they talked of the injustices in the world and participated in an event that might not even register in the international news circles.
The immediacy of an event here, for us, has no bearing on its immediacy in your life.
I still have a hard time with that thought.