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WAR DIVIDES, MUSIC CONNECTS
Using music to bridge divides, connect communities,
and heal the wounds of war and conflict.
July 24, 2010 •• Rwanda Youth Music
Four Things We Can Learn From Rwandans


Smoking
The only smoke you might see is of cooking, the mist in the mornings, or a car stuck on its way up a hill. Rwandans do not smoke in public whatsoever. After five days we saw the first and only Rwandan smoking in the shadow of his car, and we were told that he was probably a soldier, or a retired one…

Shouting
People do not shout here. Not to each other, not at the children, and not into their mobile phones.

Plastic Bags
If you’re caught carrying a plastic bag you are committing a crime according to the Rwandan law. This law creates an atmosphere of environmental awareness and overall cleanness in the streets.

Gender Balance
From laying pipes in trenches to parliament membership, women are well-represented. 56% of parliament members in Rwanda are…women!
A signboard on the main street of Kamembe, Cyangugu:
“Give a
red card to gender based violence and child abuse”
•• Topics Rwanda Youth Music