Rebirth in Rwanda

rotatephp Nearly two years ago we had the honor of visiting Rwanda — both to witness the resurrection of this blighted nation and trek to view its rare, endangered Silverback gorillas. As most of you know, nearly 1 million Rwandans were murdered in 100 days of genocidal madness between the majority Hutu and minority Tutsi tribes. Today, Rwanda is touted as a pillar of democracy and stability within Africa — bolstered by hundreds of millions of dollars of economic aid. But the scars of the genocide still linger, especially for the nation’s thousands of orphans. Which is why we applaud the work of the Agahozo Shalom Youth Village, which was set up in Rwanda by American Anne E. Heyman using a model pioneered in Israel in the 1950s to absorb Holocaust orphans. According to Jerusalem-based news service Israe21c, some 120 orphans are now in the village — which has plans to grow to 500 kids by 2012.
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