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For Erin, tasks involved teaching English four days of the
week. Sessions would start off with six kids in a classroom and by the end she
said around 100 kids would gather to take classes from her.
“By the end of the session we’d have probably 60 kids sitting
down and then another 20 to 30 kids lined up around and then another 15 kids
looking in through the windows and doors,” she said.
“We used puppets and a big gigantic globe. We didn’t feel like
we had a ton to offer, but just their willingness to learn whatever English
they could was phenomenal.”
She added that all these kids were on their summer holidays and
that some of them would walk for two to three hours just to come to the
The women of Kigeme, according to Susan, live without too many
“There’s a lot of the fathers and husbands in jail,” she said.
“There’s not many middle aged men that we noticed. It was kids and women and
Susan said that during the Rwandan genocide, which occurred in
1994, anyone suspected of being a genocide supporter would be put in jail.
800,000 were believed killed during a civil war between ethnic Hutu and Tutsi
“They’re still doing that after 14 years,” she said.
Where suspected genocide supporters are concerned, a “people’s
court” is held in each community and the community decides whether a person is
innocent or guilty.
Prisoners, meanwhile, are dressed in either pink or orange
uniforms and work the fields.
“The pink were the ones that were actually convicted, and the
people in the orange were the people waiting for accounting,” Susan said.
Today, Susan said, the country is still recovering.
“How they’re trying to rebuild right now is building relationships
with each other,” she said. “They don’t outwardly separate themselves between
Hutu and Tutsis, they also have a pygmy tribe which we were able to visit as
“There was no discussion whatsoever about the difference
between a Hutu and a Tutsi.”