The Journey


Rwanda, a tiny country in East Africa, has made significant progress over the past two decades.  Since the horrific events of the 1994 genocide that killed nearly one million people in just under 3 months, this resilient country still bares the scares of the gross human rights abuses that took place there. The Rwandan people are now living in peace, Tutsis among Hutus, and building a nation that is stronger than ever.  However, even with the incredible progress made, the Rwandan people still carry around the weight of those horrible atrocities.

During my study abroad, I will learn and work with the Rwandan people and live with a host family for six weeks.  Both the victims and the perpetrators, who are now living among each other, will become part of my daily life.  How have they managed to forgive, to find peace, to move on, to learn, to grow, to be human again?   How has this affected the children?  What are the younger generations being taught so that this kind of human injustice can be prevented in the future?  How can we, as a global community, learn from the Rwandan people in the wake of one of the world’s most neglected abominations of our time?

I invite you to join me on my 15 week journey to uncover the harsh truths about what really happened during the 1994 Rwandan genocide.  Follow along as I meet the people and children of Rwanda, a country rich with life, culture, and possibilities for a bright future.


~ Please scroll to the bottom of this page to find a list of categories and other pages on the bottom left.  These links will take you to other areas of my blog including ‘About Me’, ‘Preparation – Before Rwanda’, ‘Adventures in Rwanda’, ‘Adventures in Uganda’, and ‘My Media’ * note: My Media only has a few photos.  All photos from my travels can be found on my website at ~


6 thoughts on “The Journey

  1. I love you ashley you will always be one of my closest friends. You deserve the world and you are going to have an amazing trip. Im so happy and excited for you!!
    Love you always

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