In President Paul Kagame’s speech at the stadium in 2011, he compared the Spirit of Rwanda to a flame that was assaulted, but could never be extinguished.”

“At the Kwibuka launch event on January 11, I asked, "what if we ask elderly survivors to rub sticks together, create the spark of a brand new flame. Children will breathe on the spark, bring it to flame, and twenty-year-olds, born at the time of the genocide, will carry the flame in torches and walk from district to district though all the villages of Rwanda. Each district will keep the flame burning in a special Kwibuka lamp, and once it gets back to Kigali on April 7, the President will use that new flame to ignite the KGM lamp. All the memorial flames in Rwanda this year will come from that new flame. It will be a logistical nightmare, but totally worth it."

“How do you say the word "flame" in Kinyarwanda?” I asked.
“Urumuri,” Hope said, nodding.
“Urumuri rutazima.”
Never-ending flame.

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In 2013, I served as International Creative Director for Kwibuka, the 20th commemoration of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. As I contemplate my time there, I'll post them here.

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