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Tuesday, September 27, 2022 — Houston, TX

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Who told you about Africa?

(10/30/19 2:13am)

When I came to Rice, I was asked different questions by some students about Africa and Rwanda, my home country. “Does Rwanda still suffer from the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi?” “How is life like in Africa?” “Do many people own cars?” and “Is it true that people are always fighting?” were the most commonly asked. It always breaks my heart that most of what people know about my  home is the sorrow, poverty, instability and other things of the sort. It is true that Africa has its own problems, but the progress that is constantly being made should also be given a spotlight. It is the combination of Africa’s problems and progress that makes its whole story. My question today is, did the person who told you about Africa tell you the entire story, half of it or even less?