Prison Visit - Kigali
Out of curiosity, I stopped by one of the local genocidaire prisons during visiting hours last Friday. Men donning pink and orange prison garb greeted me with smiles, waves and handshakes. (Pink = is awaiting sentencing, Orange = Sentenced) I was having a hard time picturing these seemingly docile men welding machetes and toting AK-47s around Rwanda mutilating masses with abandon 14 years ago. What were they thinking?! Interviews are not granted without permission from The Ministry, so I was not able to ask many questions. Claude, a friendly 34 years old in orange, showed me around the prison workshop where inmates learn skills such as tailoring, carpentry and the arts. He has been at Gereza for 3 years.