World of Pinlock:Rwanda and Uganda
I talked to local people and visited memorials, museums, and mass graves. I only knew what I had seen on TV back in 1994, but the real story was something quite different.
The genocide was actually pre-planned. The international community was aware that it was going to happen and did absolutely nothing to prevent it. People fled the country, women were raped, many were injured and almost 1 million people died.
After 100 days a liberation front entered the country and stopped the militia committing these crimes.
Of course, the country is still very poor and almost 60% of the population suffers from severe poverty. This is a common problem not only in Uganda but also in Africa in general.
In the north of Rwanda, I have an extraordinary experience watching wild mountain gorillas – these things only happen once in a lifetime!
I visited numerous national parks where they also let me ride my motorbike. It was extraordinary considering the amount of wildlife: lions, leopards, rhinos, and elephants. They didn’t like the sound of my motorbike; just as well I didn’t break down.
A remarkable travel experience!
Pinlock ambassador Robert van der Kolk