I just got back from Rwanda! I was sent there by the Rwandan High Commission to film a documentary there with Sports+Travel Singapore. Rwanda has come a long way since the 1994 genocide 20 years ago. I’ll let my travel companion, Lynn Ooi explain:
Rwanda is really like the ‘Singapore’ of Africa. In many ways, they are similar: both are tiny, both have mandatory military service, and both are surrounded by much larger countries. Rwanda’s economy is modeled on Singapore’s EDB and its airport is managed by Changi. But in some ways, Rwanda has done many more good things that may go unnoticed, like:
- its gender equality means over half of their parliament are women, and women also do mandatory military service
- in terms of conservation, they’ve banned plastic bags. Plus, they’re serious about their parks: even though they found oil in the Virunga Mountains, they decided against extracting it to protect their mountain gorillas
- they have a “$1 a person” program which is mandatory from every Rwandan to aid orphans of the genocide
- every month, at an Umuganda, every citizen regardless of class is required to pitch in to clean the country. This is why it looks spotless – everyone has a stake in its cleanliness
- they take security seriously: everywhere you go (roads, towns and buildings) you’ll see armed uniformed personnel at the ready to uphold the law (no bribery at all), meaning it’s safe to walk alone at night, and no one speeds on the road
Here are some photos from my phone! Stay tuned for the full documentary!