Wednesday, 3 April 2013


I first worked in Rwanda in 1995 shortly after the traumatic events that imprinted the country on the wider world and continue today  to reverberate through the region. 

Butare had become  a refuge for many fleeing  fighting elsewhere in the Country. Their fate was finally sealed during the last weeks of April 1994 with a scene of great slaughter. Many survivors had lost their entire families.


West takes you down to Lake Kivu and the border with DRC, past children with baskets of magnificent  avocados for sale. A stunning landscape darkened by endless conflict and competition for resources just across the border.