One day, I will sort through the 1000’s of images I took in Rwanda and do something with them.
A few months ago, I was looking for something to remember our time in Rwanda. I have a tonne of photos, but wanted something else. Something different. Something in some way connected with news. With the wire I created when we lived there. And this seemed to nail it. It’s an original AP wirephoto sent on July 1, 1962. The day when Rwanda and Burundi became separate and independent countries.
I’ve not decided what to do with it yet. At some point, I plan to print several photos I took while living in Rwanda and do something with them. Maybe I can include this artefact in that.
It’s not much in itself – a poorly drawn, basic map, a brief report, some scrawls and dates on the back of the image. However, it was dispatched at a point in time, 52 years ago today, when these two countries were born. In the literal sense of the term, this is a news item. I think that’s why I’m glad I bought it.
In 2014, it’s worth remembering that in it’s day the wirephoto machine was just as revolutionary as Twitter, Instagram et al. And journalists and newspaper readers the world over still rely to a very large extent on “the wires” for news.
Happy independence day(s) to Rwanda and Burundi.
20 years ago this weekend, the Rwandan genocide began. Here are a number of articles, videos and photojournalism pieces published this week that are all worth taking a look at during this memorial period.
- The Rainy Season – the single best piece of journalism to come out of Rwanda in years. By Lindsey Hilsum who was there in 1994. This feature normally sits behind a paywall, but not at the moment.
- Human Rights Watch has an excellent 12 minute video explaining how the genocide happened.
- Genocide and Justice 20 years on – a series of vignettes from Reuters including my friend and colleague Themis.
- Reuters slideshow of images from 1994
- A Good Man in Rwanda. A multimedia story from the BBC of a Senegalese UN peacekeeper who served in Rwanda during the genocide.
- The Rwanda photographs that reunited families, also from the BBC.
- Writing for Roads and Kingdoms, Jon Rosen tours the former President’s residence.
- The New Yorker opens the archive on Philip Gourevitch’s notes from 1995 onwards.
- This Op-Ed in the New York Times gives some insight into Rwandan mentality and culture.
- New York Times has an extraordinary series of portraits of genocidaires and victims.
- Panos photographer Jenny Mathews has a similarly excellent series of portraits.
- David Guttenfelder, who photographed Rwanda during the genocide, returns to Rwanda, for the first time since 1994
What compounded the shock of it was that not only was it the most horrifying hell that I could imagine, but my first view of it was at a church. Rwanda is one of the most religious countries I’ve been in. It’s also one of the most physically beautiful countries I’ve ever traveled through. But this beautiful, seemingly pious nation also holds one of the darkest, most evil things I’ve seen in my life. I couldn’t understand or believe what had happened here. link
Photo on the road to Kibuye, Rwanda taken by me.
I travelled down to Mayange in southern Rwanda last Friday to meet some bee keepers. Take a look at the slide show above to find out more (Hint: click the button in the bottom right hand corner to view it big-big-big). There’s more on Kigali Wire.
I'm writing a series of posts for the BBC College of Journalism about social media for foreign correspondents. I suppose the advice contained within relates to any kinda hack. However, having spent the best part of the past 16 years on foreign places any nuance that might come through is deffo on the foreign correspondent side. The first post is about using Google Reader, Delicious and Twitter. More sophisticated stuff to come,
Tuning into the local populace on Twitter comes into its own especially during breaking news. Ten grenades have exploded on five separate evenings in the Rwandan capital since February 2010. On four of those evenings, I found out about the attacks on Twitter first – on my iPhone whilst cooking dinner in my kitchen in Kigali. link
Photo taken in the "press pen" at an RPF political rally in Byumba, northern Rwanda, August, 2010
I think this might be one of those, "I CANNOT believe I haven't updated this blog since April, 2010" posts. There's a good reason for that over here. If it's the increasinly rare Vinamorsel you're still after, take a peek at the new and rather excellent VinaLand – pointed out to me by Our Man in Hanoi. Meanwhile, below is a short video from one of the odder work experiences I've had since moving to Rwanda just over 1 year ago.
I’ve been doing a lot of training for the BBC College of Journalism of late. I took the opportunity to blog a little bit of the background on doing the photojournalism story from Rubona, in eastern Rwanda the other week. If you’re interested in how to be a mobile foreign correspondent with minimal (and in some cases pretty old) tools, take a look at this post on the College site.
I went to Rubona, east of Kigali last Saturday to watch Stoke City vs. Arsenal. Click the bottom right "full screen" mode on the slideshow above to find out why I was there in the first place. And what the people of Rubona think of Stoke… It's my attempt at a bit of photojournalism.
If France couldn't re-kickstart my foodblogging habit, how about Kigali? Worth a shot ehh? We've only been here a week (of an 18 month stretch) and it already looks unlikely the Rwandan capital will succeed in re-igniting an interest in foodblogging. However, it does appear there's plenty else of interest going on. More on all that in good time. Meanwhile, the above slideshow consists of just a few snaps I managed to capture in between getting settled in the new house and learning how things work in east Africa. I'll be posting more here, tweeting on kigaliwire, as well as on noodlepie as per usual, and setting up kigaliwire.com in the coming weeks. More soon.