How is life in Rwanda?
How is life in Rwanda? Dubbed the land of a thousand hills, Rwanda is one of the magnificence countries located in East and Central Africa bordering Uganda, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Burundi. Similarly to Uganda, Rwanda is a landlocked country and the country has a population of about 12 million people. Rwanda has its capital city as Kigali and most international visitors use Kigali International airport as the main airport of entry.
Life in Rwanda has had a lot of highs and lows. In the last 2 decades when the country was hit by the worst-ever civil wars that left the country in total shambles and extreme levels of poverty. Rwanda became a world eye-catch because of the 1994 genocide that claimed the lives of over 800,000 people in a short period while displacing over a million people who fled to neighbor countries
After all this trauma and murders now poverty hit and the country had to start from zero to start building the country post Genocide. This was the worst time in Rwanda’s history. However, life has improved following this major setback, and people can at least live in peace, get some services although not as perfect as in developed countries. In this article, we discuss the major lights in Rwanda that describe its life daily style at the moments having had difficult times.
Rwanda is one of the rural-based countries with vast lands for agricultural activities. Most of the people’s homes are bound by banana stands and leaves. Agricultural is of economic significance to the people of Rwanda. Most of the local people in Rwanda find life in crop growing and raring of life stock. More than 80% of the people in Rwanda are employed in the agricultural sector. Men usually do the fieldwork and take responsibility for the family as well as constructing houses while women look after the family operations and keep the house as well as looking after the children.
Rwanda’s local foods include bananas, beans, Sweet potatoes, cassava corn which are grown there by the local people. However, people will also eat meat especially those who can afford it. Though Rwanda is poor the number of people living below the poverty line has reduced from 57% in 2005 to 45% in the year 2010. This gives hope for people to be prosperous and enjoy better standards of living.
The lifestyle and living conditions of the people of Rwanda greatly different depending on the social class and the location of a particular individual. Most of the Rwandans who are rich have well-constructed house featuring amenities such as water, electricity, with bricks, among others and can take a vacation in Rwanda national parks of Akagera, Nyungwe, and volcanoes while those who are poorer they live far away from the city in rural areas in small houses constructed of mad, and rarely can access piped water and electricity in their houses.
On part of closing, some of the Rwandese buy clothes from second-hand clothes while others especially those who are rich can buy new ones from Rwanda manufactures. Women are fond of dressing in long dresses and skirts that go beyond the knee with good looking sandals and shirts or tops while men put on dress pants with a dress shirt and tie. Several clothes consist of cheerful colors and designs. Dressing down or casual can be considered disrespectful in Rwanda. There is education accessibility in Rwanda as the government committed itself to provide free education to its citizens for at least 9 years. However, the majority of children don’t finish school despite free education.
There are entertainment services in Rwanda especially in Kigali there is a traveling alley and a cinema. Restaurants and hotels are many that offer a complete range of dishes and restaurants are still affordable. The music scene is growing and there are many bars and clubs. Although there are apartment buildings, they are pricey, so most people live in a house or share a house. Most houses are relatively spacious and have gardens. Houses are quite comfortable, but kitchens and appliances can be a bit out of date. Rwanda is the safest country and most visitors prefer traveling to and stay comfortably in their compound. But houses are normally fenced off and usually, everybody has a guard/gardener. To maintain health and hygiene all people are mandatorily required to participate in community work to stop littering and to make sure that Rwanda remains clean and safe.
In conclusion life in Rwanda looks good and promising especially after 20 years of civil wars that hit much the smallest country. Everything is moral people are welcoming, attractions are free and secure and all travelers are protected in a way the locals are protected.