The author Kahlil Gibran once wrote, "Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife."
Mariemae Stationary and Mariemae Business School founder Jillian Ryan partnered with No. 41, a Rwanda-based social enterprise, to offer business training to the organization. No. 41 employs 21 women from the Noel Orphanage and the surrounding area in the small village of Gisenyi.
Americans are fiercely proud of this heritage, and so is Rwanda. Americans are fiercely proud of this heritage, and so is Rwanda. The difference in Africa is that "independence" is an ongoing struggle against a backdrop of powerful foreign interests.
While often more prevalent in conflict, violence against women is in fact a global phenomenon rooted in social norms and attitudes. More than one in three women around the world have experienced an attack, the vast majority committed by their husbands or boyfriends.
Should we pronounce the UN a failure, or perhaps give it a ceremonial gold watch and retire it? The UN and its adjunct organs and agencies have made much progress, before the 50th Anniversary, but also since.
Without absolving or equivocating on America's hypocrisy on matters of race, racism and abuse of civil rights, it is ironic and equally hypocritical that Africans, who have little compunction about hacking one another to death because of differences, physical or perceived, are some of the loudest decriers of racism and bigotry in America.
Inside we all know there is something we can do for the greater good. We need to listen to the voice reminding us that we are fortunate and often take basic essentials for granted -- yet others are not as lucky.
My feeling is that Obama's State Department is persecuting the only stable government in Central Africa and coddling a brutal dictator in Congo by sending the equivalent of schoolchildren to do the work of policy experts. Ask yourself how DRL's Steven Feldstein can be an "expert" on both Sudan and Rwanda and responsible for international religious freedom on top of it all.
This summer marks the two year anniversary of my work in Rwanda. I have met many incredible people during this journey, and know I will meet many more.
International media did not broadcast this important and moving ceremony, but camp residents and leaders used the power of still photography and social media to communicate thousands of words that demanded to be heard.
DAR ES SALAAM -- I fear that Burundi's hard-earned peace is under imminent threat. An attempted coup d'état last week is the latest indicator that the country is once again on the brink. Immediate measures need to be implemented to de-escalate the situation, or the country could descend into civil war once again.
While men do things to each other's bodies, and to women too, of course, women largely keep walking forward, shouldering all our mess.
It is heartbreaking for those of us who live, work, and invest in the region to contemplate that history may repeat itself.
Kyran Young, a British teen, is walking the full 2663 mile Pacific Crest Trail to raise money and awareness for the last remaining 900 Mountain Gorillas in Eastern Africa. It will take four months.
The following is a report from two of my dear friends from Burundi. The husband, a social entrepreneur, and the wife, a writer-theologian, asked me if I would help get this message out to the world.
The Turkish government's overreaction and the Pope's refusal to apologize for his remarks made international headlines on TV networks, websites and newspapers around the world.