Where in the world is Kelly?

As of last week, I am halfway complete with my undergraduate degree in English with a teaching certificate in grades 7-12. This year was transformational for me in many ways. I spent fall semester studying abroad in Rwanda, where I took courses on the 1994 Genocide, African Religions, Economic Development, and Cultural Arts. I taught… Continue reading Where in the world is Kelly?

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Post-Genocide Rwanda: Part II

Continued from a previous article. Every year on the anniversary of the genocide, the Trauma Clinic in Butare sees a significant increase in patients with symptoms of PTSD. The fact that trauma increases during the anniversary periods of the genocide proves that the post-traumatic stress in Rwanda is not healing with time, but leaving deep… Continue reading Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Post-Genocide Rwanda: Part II

Post-Traumatic Stess Disorder in Post-Genocide Rwanda: Part I

Three years after the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda, a young girl was admitted to a medical clinic in Kigali. However, she displayed no physical symptoms. She reported feeling nausea, the sensation of insects crawling on her face, a strong smell of feces, increased agitation/fear, and vivid flashbacks of being attacked by men. “For months she… Continue reading Post-Traumatic Stess Disorder in Post-Genocide Rwanda: Part I

“Home,” Scene Three

LISA, MARIE CHANTAL, and EMMANUEL walk onstage. There is a table with three chairs. They sit. WAITER approaches. WAITER: Welcome to Cannabera. What would you like? EMMANUEL: We would all like chipati. WAITER: Would you like drinks? LISA: I’ll have icyayi, please. EMMANUEL: Tonic. MARIE CHANTAL: Fanta. WAITER: What kind of Fanta? MARIE CHANTAL: Citron.… Continue reading “Home,” Scene Three

“Home,” Scene Two

The library is a house with a classroom and a small nook of textbooks and notebooks. The classroom has several desks, a chalkboard, and a map. LISA: Welcome to Intermediate English Class. Good morning. EMMANUEL and MARIE CHANTAL: Good morning! LISA: How are you? EMMANUEL and MARIE CHANTAL: We are fine. And you? LISA: I… Continue reading “Home,” Scene Two

“Home,” Scene One

An African market: colorful kitenge, people bartering, and lots of noise, animals, and pandemonium. Two Americans, LISA and KAYLEE, are walking through the stalls. MERCHANT: Sister, welcome to Rwanda! I will make you a kitenge dress! Only four thousand francs! LISA: No, thank you. MERCHANT: Cheaper than anywhere else in the market! LISA: Maybe we’ll… Continue reading “Home,” Scene One

Akagera Safari

During the final week of my stay in Rwanda, my friends and I enjoyed a safari in Akagera Game Park. Akagera is in the east of Rwanda, bordering Tanzania. Most of Rwanda is mountainous, and is either rain-forest or jungle, but some of my favorite memories occurred in the small savanna of the east. Within… Continue reading Akagera Safari

Volcanoes National Park

In my final weeks staying in Rwanda, I traveled to Volcanoes National Park in the northern province of Rwanda. My camping site had a brilliant view of the volcanoes, which mark the border of Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The best part of camping was the view at night. The stars in VNP… Continue reading Volcanoes National Park

Cultural Arts

As my time in Rwanda is coming to a close, I am now more than ever appreciating the cultural arts of this country. The past few weeks, I have had the opportunity to visit various art centers, cooperatives, and businesses to learn to dance, sing, and create as the Rwandans do. Throughout my experiences, you… Continue reading Cultural Arts