I’ve now been to Rwanda three times. I honestly love it there and think back on the memories with fondness.
Before I went the first time, I was afraid. I’m not sure what I was afraid of, but I had plenty of people tell me that going to Africa was too risky.
After I got there and spent a few days acclimating, I fell in love with the place. I mostly fell in love with the people, with their beautiful smiles and deep humility. But I also was enthralled with the amazing landscape and climate.
Rwanda, in fact, was called “the land of eternal spring” by the German colonists who first came there. They were right. The climate is comfortably warm during the day, and cool at night, sometimes even cold for this warm-blooded Floridian.
It is difficult to envision the great evil that took hold of Rwanda in the nineties. Over a million people were killed, for no other reason that the tribe they belonged to.
But amidst the chaos, there were also what I can only describe as miracles… many of them. That’s why I went to Rwanda: to document the supposed miracles that took place before, during and after the genocide.
Were they really miracles? That’s for you to decide.
See more in my documentary, IF ONLY WE HAD LISTENED, which I produced with my dear friend Immaculee Ilibagiza, a survivor of the Rwandan genocide and now a bestselling author.