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The shot was taken when travelling on the dusty road/track which connects, from north to south, the three main Rwandan cities located on the Kivu Lake's shore. The distance between Gisenyi in the north and Cyangugu in the south is only of 248 kms, but due to the road conditions, it takes all the day to reach one from the other. Since the lake's shore road is wonderful because you are travelling on the mountains, with its fantastic sights on the lake and the picturesque villages you drive through, it is worth of do it all instead of the mainly asphalted internal one, suggested by the travel agencies. That one is more comfortable but longer, so the time to cover the distance from Kibuye (a picturesque town with its peninsulas and archipelago, nearly at half distance between Gisenyi and Cyangugu) to Cyangugu is the same. Consider also that when leaving to the direction of the capital Kigali, you will also take the internal road and there is no reason to do it twice.
Rwanda's landscape is composed of lush forests, gentle hills, volcanic chains making it one of africa's most beautiful countries. From the east to West and north to south, you get to discover one of the best climates with a great biodiversity and great game parks.
Multi-coloured flowers, giant eucalyptus trees, immense tea and coffee plantations, banana trees, etc..everything grows in Rwanda.
"The Land of Thousands Hills" is referred often to the country because of its undulating landscape varying in altitude from 900m to 4000m.
When observing this beautiful relaxing scene, my mind goes also to what happened in settlements like this, in 1994. Since was not really clear for me that what happened that yeaar in the country, I couldn't resist to ask respectably to my 28 years old Tutsi driver, how he survived to the genocide at the age of 14. He told me very well, with passion the terrific and very sad story of the genocide and his own one. His mother and three brothers were killed during that terrific days. Apart him, his father and two sisters survived. For months he was hidden among the thick and lush vegetation, which helped him to survive eating bananas and drinking water of the lakes and ponds.
During the 3/4 months nearly 1,000,000.- men, women, children were killed by other men, women, children. The victims were mainly Tutsis and in minor part moderated Hutus, who tried to help Tutsis and/or won't take part to the slaughtering.
Unfortunately and sadly there is no related commemorative day worldwide for such a terrific holocaust. Maybe because of the indirect role and responsability of some "important" countries of the world in it.

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