Twenty years after the Rwandan genocide, I am reflecting on my own reporting trip in 2011. In addition to a fascinating story of rebirth, I found that candid and sincere conversation about politics, development, and the aftermath of violence was not easy to come by.
I concluded the silence in Rwanda has two sources: 1) an understandable reluctance to revisit trauma and 2) a troubling lack of free expression.
These sources are intertwined; it seems the country has traded liberty for security. Betty Mutesi, who works at the Rwandan Ministry of Finance, explained, in a way: “If you are running away from something, will you run faster? I think so.”
I parse all this in the last chapter of the book.