We left Savannah for Kigali on September 15th, 2017 around 4:45 PM. We arrived on September 16th around midnight. We were greeted at the airport by our dear friends John and Gladys Mihigo & Ivan. We were then transported to our home for the next 11 days. Matt and I roomed together. Later that morning we went to a bagel shop in town and discussed the days ahead. Matt and I had no clue about what we were going to do.
After “breakfast,” we went to the Genocide Memorial. This was super intense and hard to stomach. You can find info about what took place during the genocide here: Kigali Genocide Memorial.
After leaving the memorial we went to the local Foreign Exchange to get cash for the market. The market was quite an experience. There were guys in yellow vests who came up to our vehicle as soon as we parked and escorted us around in case we needed direction or language translation if we wanted to buy items. The people that owned or ran the booths there were really adamant about us coming to their booth as if they were the only ones with particular items. The market must be a really big source of income for some of the people. That would explain the desperation.
After the market, we went to Pastor Mihigo’s house for dinner and talked about the culture of Africa and what to expect in the coming weeks.