Small World, Rwanda Edition

We haven’t been posting much this last week been because we’ve been working in Kigali, Rwanda. We’re both trainers at a 10 day Young Political Leaders Academy sponsored by the National Democratic Institute Rwanda for aspiring politicos from each of Rwanda’s 10 recognized political parties. The program is being run by our good friend Amy Pritchard who we’ve been able to hang out with while we’re here along with the other trainers.

This is my second time in Rwanda, but it’s just as incredible this time around. Fully understanding what it means for a country to rebuild after experiencing such a brutal genocide isn’t something that can be done in a week, but we’ve learned a lot in the short time that we’ve been here. Learning about it through the lens of their political parties is even more fascinating. Let’s just say the concept of the negative ad doesn’t exist here.

Perhaps the most unexpected highlight so far was discovering that one of the Rwandan Senators we had dinner with was a fellow Brandeis University graduate and that we had shared the same professor despite an almost 30 year gap between our time there — Gordie Fellman.

Small world indeed.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011 8:14 am EDT
Kigali, Rwanda
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