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August 31, 2007

One Night In Rwanda

One Night In Rwanda

As you know, one story often leads to another on this program. Last week, Dick spoke with Nyagatare Valens and his mother, Anisie about what their family experienced during the Rwandan war. It turns out our interpreter for that interview, Josephine Mujawaamariya, has a story of her own.

At the height of the war in April 1994, Josephine was in living in Minnesota - but her husband and young son Kevin were in Rwanda. Kevin was only 7, and much of what he experienced is blurry - but he has one vivid memory. One night, armed men came to a house where he was staying, herded the people who were sheltered there outside, and then shot into the crowd.

Josephine and Kevin talk with Dick about how they were eventually reunited in a Minnesota airport, and what it took for Kevin to recover from the trauma of his memory.

The Riverkeeper

Fred Tutman has had a lot of careers in his life. He worked as a journalist for 20 years, but he realized his objectivity had turned into callousness. Then he went to law school, but found that he was simply making money off of other people's misfortune. So Fred went back to the place he grew up: the Patuxent River. As the Patuxent Riverkeeper, Fred now uses his expertise to fight water polluters in the media and the courtroom. And he also gets to patrols the water's edge in a kayak with the same childlike wonderment he had decades ago.


Olugendo Lw'e Bulaya (The Journey to Europe) by Bernard Kabanda for the album Hotel Rwanda (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture; Munky River by The Presidents of the United States of America for the album Love Everybody

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