I am a native in this world And think in it as a native thinks

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Urban poetry


Street sweeper in Kigali.

Part of Rwandan national pride is keeping the country clean. Plastic bags have been banned, there's almost no litter on the streets, and there's a national Clean Up day every month, in which every able adult is required to participate.

I know I will probably never go back to Rwanda -- honestly, I was so sick there the thought of going back gives me a major anxiety attack -- but I'm still glad I got to spend even those few days in such a fascinating, and mostly inspiring, country. What they have come back from is almost unimaginable, and yet just a few decades later they talk about turning their tiny country into the Singapore of Africa.

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