Rwanda http://www.kplu.org en Rwanda dispatches: A land known for genocide, gorillas and promise http://www.kplu.org/post/rwanda-dispatches-land-known-genocide-gorillas-and-promise <p><em>(In November, KPLU&#39;s Humanosphere writer Tom Paulson traveled to Rwanda on a grant from the<a href="http://www.internationalreportingproject.org/" target="_blank"> International Reporting Project</a> to explore how that African country has risen above its troubled past to become an economic bright spot on the continent. Below is Tom&#39;s wrapup and links to the stories he wrote about Rwanda.)</em></p><p>Traveling with a dozen or so other journalists on a fact-finding visit to Africa&rsquo;s &ldquo;success story&rdquo; &ndash; Rwanda &ndash; we took time out to go visit the famous mountain gorillas.</p><p> Thu, 08 Dec 2011 18:09:01 +0000 Tom Paulson 3395 at http://www.kplu.org Rwanda dispatches: A land known for genocide, gorillas and promise KPLU's Tom Paulson up close and personal with gorillas in Rwanda http://www.kplu.org/post/kplus-tom-paulson-close-and-personal-gorillas-rwanda <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="328" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ikuuXRO1qyQ" width="440"></iframe></p><p><em><strong>No visit to Rwanda is complete without seeing the mountain gorillas. Here&rsquo;s one who came to have a closer look at us.</strong></em></p><p>After a whirlwind week of meeting with Rwandan officials, business leaders, local journalists, activists and others in the capital city of Kigali, we took off for a few days to journey high up into the Birunga mountain range to the northern town of Kinigi, near the Congo and Uganda borders.</p><p>I&rsquo;m traveling with a group of American journalists sponsored by the<a href="http://www.internationalreportingproject.org/" target="_blank"> International Reporting Project</a>. Our aim is to gain perspective on this country so many associate only with its genocidal past &ndash; but which many others today dub an &ldquo;<a href="http://humanosphere.kplu.org/2011/11/revisiting-rwanda-a-closer-look-at-an-african-success-story/" target="_blank">African success </a><a href="http://humanosphere.kplu.org/2011/11/revisiting-rwanda-a-closer-look-at-an-african-success-story/" target="_blank">story</a>.&rdquo;</p><p><a href="http://humanosphere.kplu.org/2011/11/mountain-gorillas-with-journalists-in-the-midst/"><strong>Read more on Humanosphere.org </strong></a></p><p> Wed, 16 Nov 2011 19:41:55 +0000 Tom Paulson 3194 at http://www.kplu.org Rwanda is empowering girls, with a little help from Seattle http://www.kplu.org/post/rwanda-empowering-girls-little-help-seattle <p>It has become a mantra in aid and development circles today to say that empowering girls is the single most effective means of fighting poverty, inequity and any number of ills in poor countries.</p><p>And in Rwanda, Paul Kagame&rsquo;s government is clearly walking the talk on girls and women &mdash; and a number of Seattle organizations are assisting in the gender revolution happening here.</p><p><strong><a href="http://humanosphere.kplu.org/2011/11/rwanda-is-empowering-girls-with-a-little-help-from-seattle/">Read more on Humanosphere.</a></strong></p><p> Thu, 10 Nov 2011 00:12:34 +0000 Tom Paulson 3163 at http://www.kplu.org Rwanda is empowering girls, with a little help from Seattle Rwanda, an African success story with Seattle connections http://www.kplu.org/post/rwanda-african-success-story-seattle-connections <p>Seattle is connected to Rwanda in a number of ways, beginning with the country&rsquo;s role as a major producer of high quality coffee beans for Starbucks and Costco. A number of local humanitarian organizations, as well as social enterprise business ventures, are active there.</p><p>KPLU and Humanosphere blogger Tom Paulson is headed to Rwanda along with a dozen or so other journalists sponsored by the <a href="http://www.internationalreportingproject.org/" target="_blank">International Reporting Projec</a>t at Johns Hopkins University. For the next two weeks, he&rsquo;ll be reporting on the trip and also posting stories on a number of Seattle projects at work there that have helped make Rwanda &mdash; despite its horrific recent past history &mdash; into what many see as an <a href="http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/10/19/rwanda_the_cleanest_place_in_africa" target="_blank">African success story</a>.</p><p><a href="http://humanosphere.kplu.org/2011/11/revisiting-rwanda-a-closer-look-at-an-african-success-story/"><strong>Read more on Humanosphere.</strong></a></p><p> Mon, 07 Nov 2011 17:28:42 +0000 KPLU 3120 at http://www.kplu.org Rwanda, an African success story with Seattle connections