Rwanda Have Your Say

rwanda lakeNext week, WHYS will broadcast its first ever programmes from Rwanda.

Madeleine, Claudia, Phil (our engineer) and myself leave on Sunday to present and produce three shows in and around the capital, Kigali.

rwanda flagHere’s a guide to the history of the country, though the events of 1994  will be for many of you, the abiding and most recent impression of Rwanda.

We’re going to talk about many subjects, so i wanted to get you thinking on them before we set off.

Connected Africa :  High speed fibre optic cables will be  “connecting”  Rwanda to the rest of Africa and the world.  This programme will not just be about Rwanda.  Here’s Seacom’s corporate video, and here’s  an article by Sarah Lacy (who will be one of our guests ) , in which she says :

“Rwanda is emerging as an interesting test case on how a digital divide is actually being bridged in a methodical, well-thought-out, step-by-step manner.”

kagame*  Aid :  Rwanda, with the leadership of Paul Kagame, wants to stop being aid-dependent.   Here’s a long but detailed article on Rwanda being a “new model of economic development” 

– and here’s the President himself referring to  “a different discussion about aid” in the Huffington Post.

*And yes, we’ll talk about the genocide and how the country has maintained genocide womanoutwardly a unity and peace (by and large) since the horrific events of 15 years ago.

How on earth do you move on from an event so terrible ?

We’ve been told that some people won’t wish to talk to us , that we must be very careful about the terms we use and who we ask to speak on the programme.

We’ve also been told that people are incredibly hospitable and the country is one of the most beautiful in Africa.

Feel free to suggest things we should read ,  people we should speak to , places we should go and stories we should cover. We will be providing material for all BBC news programmes.

Mad or myself will post more nearer the time – just wanted to mark your cards.

12 Responses to “Rwanda Have Your Say”

  1. 1 Dennis Junior
    September 1, 2009 at 13:04

    I am sending my best wishes to Madeleine, Claudia, Phil (our engineer) and Mark a enjoyable trip to Rwanda….

    I hope that the coverage will be able to look back at the reasons to a point on the 1994 Situation and moving forward…..

    =Dennis Junior=

  2. 2 Nelson Isibor
    September 2, 2009 at 12:38

    One thing is certain, the Rwandan genocide is going to be a recurring theme, I’d like to ask 15 years on, have the victims of really gotten justice? How does the younger generation who were not born then relate to the genocide story? How have they managed to live in peace in the last 15 years? I particularly enjoy WHYS outdoor broadcasts outside of Europe or America.

  3. 3 patti in cape coral
    September 2, 2009 at 13:31

    I don’t know much about Rwanda except for the genocide that happened there, but I’m looking forward to hearing and learning about it. I depend on you guys for a lot of my education, you know. I think Africa is one of the most intriguing continents on the planet and would love to go some day. Have a safe and wonderful trip!

  4. 4 Dennis Junior
    September 3, 2009 at 01:44

    I have a question regarding the *topics* of the shows on Rwanda:
    Will you report and talked about the topic of the 1994 led-up to the Genocide..Since, I am interested in understanding how and know if all of the sides; Can overcome the problems of the past and, for the future to be more successful…..

    =Dennis Junior=

  5. 5 Dinka Aliap Chawul-Kampala,Uganda
    September 7, 2009 at 18:03

    Hi Claudia.I opens my arms widely to welcome you to our beloved East African country of Rwanda who have just struggles to meets some of its challenges after its has been rock by a deadly genocide of 1994.You also needs to be more neutral when talking about genocide in the country because wounds are still very fresh in people minds there!.Remember that BBC studio was closed last year in Kigali because of article published on BBC website questioning genocide in the country.Thankz

  6. 6 vijay pillai
    September 8, 2009 at 07:13

    Rwanda was failed by its own skin,Rwanda genocide was caused while an african son was Sec General of UN. Rwanda genocide was in collective memory of current generation and glad to learn it wants to be the silicon valley of Africa.,atleast that could change the image of rwanda for years to come. Good luck.

    • 7 Dennis Junior
      September 8, 2009 at 13:45

      True, also, the reasons for the Rwanda in 1994, That the U.N. and other outside agents did not (take) the advice seriously by, the UN Staffers in the country; Trouble was brewing….

      =Dennis Junior=

  7. 8 Dennis Junior
    September 12, 2009 at 02:03

    …How on earth do you move on from an event so terrible ?…

    I would love to asked the fine people of Rwanda that kind of question…Since, I think it is a valid question that needs to be asked by BBC WS (WHYS) on the road in Rwanda….

    =Dennis Junior=

  8. September 12, 2009 at 10:45

    You have only got to know who is leading Rwanda today to realise what a nasty regime it is and a tragedy for that country and Africa.

  9. 10 Dennis Junior
    September 13, 2009 at 13:19

    Saw the twitter update, from Madeleine; Who arrived in Rwanda’s capital and the internet works….Good news and, please enjoy the visit & Produced great shows inside the country….

    =Dennis Junior=

  10. 11 Peter Sunday Nyarwa
    September 14, 2009 at 12:30

    Hi Claudia ,we need to hear more about the beautiful scenary the country boasts of,policies aimed at bringing economic development that country,tourism particularly with the Mountain Gorrilla,the mushrooming buildings in Kigali.To me i would love to see the picture of the city before and today.
    Not only that, photos of primary school children would excite me particularly when they are taking milk at break time and the development of IT in that country.Tell us also about the night life such as discotheques etc.i believe it will be alot more interesting.
    I would love to be involved in such programmes and please if there is an opportunity contact me.

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