are roads, during your lifetime, that will stay impressed in your memory like
indelible ink. One of those is the road that from capital Kigali leads to Ruhuha,
in the deep and poor Rwanda south, few steps away from Burundi's border.
don't know how many times I went all over that road in small period of times;
under the sun, the raining and the dust of the dirt. It's less than 50 km that
tells the history of this Place, tortured by tribal genocide broken out between
'92 and '94 and the following difficult rebuilding and, in parallel, tells my
connection with these people and a deep friendship with a parish, but mainly a
man, Pr Onesphore, a symbol of a lifestyle based on solidarity and kindness.
the third time that I go to these latitudes, both to savour the lively and pure
african atmosphere and to live it thoroughly in close contact with daily
situations: a football match, a drink of banana's liquor, a plate of goat
group, composed by fourteen people, connected one each other by an adventure
spirit and a strong selflessness in helping to specific projects, has created
and started some works of great depth and meaning for the local population and
this travel I realize how three is the perfect number
Onesphore says: ....three like trinity of solidarity )
time you "touch" with a hand,
one "take" by hand,
one give into hand
"give" doesn't simply means touch the naked and cold money, but
transmit your know how, you own ability to express and be useful in a
multipurpose context. I saw my travelmates that offered their help in their own
field of expertise: Anna and Giusy, the two nurseres, Maurizio surveyor, Ugo
phenomenon of "fatalism" in these areas is well established and it is
very important, while respecting their cultures and traditions, conveying the
right amount of knowledge
is like a toy in the hands of blind fate
find my self one year later in a reality that has seen spending time at
tribulations of every kind, and I return to Rwanda with a special atmosphere,
with a sense of relief for my life: the opening and the consacration of a church
dedicated to a dear friend, disappeared few days before that travel that would
be the first one in Rwanda.
happiness in seeing more than three thousand people crowded in the middle of a
burning Friday if a rwandan August, rushed for this event, for me is
them, is like receiving a second life, a second opportunity. It's very important
to give, to people so fatalistic, a healthy dose of spirituality that could help
them to exit from their stereotypes anded down from age to age by many
these personalities, there were: the archbishop of Kigali, several pastors of
local churches and from neighboring Burundi, representatives of some politicians
in high places Rwandan government, but also many common peoples. Furthermore,
there have been celebrations of Mass weddings and baptisms.
Among the hosts there were Elisa's parents, to which the chuch is dedicated.
eyes were filled with tears of joy in seeing all these people cheering and
capable of making us feel at ease as if we were at home.
do not forget also, on the famous axis of 50 km that connects Kigali to Ruhuha,
our visits to the orphanage and the school of Nyamata Butereri.
been there, in that orphanage, several times, each of which I tried to see the
improvements of the structure and organization, but, above all, give back a
smile to twenty four children that come form the dusty streets of the district.
eight eyes to look at the future full of life and twenty-four mouth to feed
continuously every day.
patience and good will, we went to the capital looking for: blankets, bedding,mosquito
nets and in a blink of wings, we went back organizing the transport of the
bedding over a bicycle, and the rest loaded in our minivan. It's a first step
towards a restyling that will take shape with the construction of a new kitchen
designed in place, that sill replace the dilapidated and obsolete one composed
of four sheets metal put in flying cross by twine and rope
there is the Butereri's school, consisting of a complex of more classrooms, with
barn, cisterns to collect water and room for the professors attached.
my first visit there were only two classrooms used as first and second grade
school and a third one under construction. At present, thanks to the efforts of
all local and Italian friends, we came to six classrooms, a barn with two
precious occupants with all fours legs, a room for teachers and, in short, a
first cistern to collect rainwater for various uses
trip represented for me more facets, each of which lived with intensity and
addition to projects of solidarity we have also dedicated time for fleeting
visits to the lakes Cyohoha near Ruhuha and Muhazi to Rwesero north of Kigali.
also the drinking of beer and whiskey in the capital, walking in the middle of
the savannah and the evenings in the moonlight in the park dell'Akagera, the
impetuous waterfalls Rusumu Akagera fully formed from
the river on the border with Tanzania, the party for the centenary of the
first Catholic church established in Rwanda Rulindo, meeting friends of the
Argonauts in Kigali and to the one "Adventure into the world" in
Ruhuha and many other exciting adventures.
satisfied with what has been done and will in the future, also deserve credit
collaboration of all, working in synergy in close contact with the realities
premises. Thanks largely to the support of Onesphore, the real engine of this
perfect car !
this engine is at full capacity and had a new job, the management Rulindo Parish,
the oldest in Rwanda.
at the final act, leaving the Kigali's airport the customs officer checks my
passport and says: "Do you work here?" , and, I reply, smiling: "I've
a lot of friends in Rwanda.................".
phenomenon of fatalism in Africa
Rwanda, as in the whole Africa, you have the feeling to perceive a behaviour of
passive acceptance of the events,
with so much resignation , without opposing any resistance to "fate",
kind of "collective unconscious", analytical psychology term coined by
Carl Gustav Jung, is shared by all mankind and comes from their common ancestors.
For Jung, essentially consists of objective, impersonal, innate, hereditary
informations he called archetypes. the archetype, accordingly, becomes a kind of
universal prototype for ideas through which the individual renders what he
observes and experiences.
the personal unconscious, that comes directly from the personal individual
experience, that collective is an instinctive common ancestral form of culture
and expressed, in Africe, in a primitive form closely tied to the past.
survival of the archetypes in modern times, is a symptom of the results of mass
communication. This type of communication plays a major role in Africa and
expresses a concept of progressive or weakening according to the spread in the
territory. A successful film, a book, a widely followed television can play a
role in revitalizing or weakening.
key role is played by education and scholarship that regulate the relationship
between the collective and individual unconscious.They are, therefore, a point
of debate between communitarianism and liberalism that concern ethical and
political aspects of great importance.
thought arises many questions to which is difficult to answer, unless digging
into these forms of instinctive archetypes to which the multitude of the natives
believe and pursue.