Wed, Oct 11th, 2017

Gorillas,the great migration and teaching conservation,2017

Our African journey this year takes us to Rwanda to see the Gorilla Doctors at work and draw Gorillas ,then to Tanzania to watch millions of zebra and wildebeest crossing the Mara river,and finally back to our Wildlife center to bring educational supplies and teach kids the importance of their wildlife.

  We journeyed to Rwanda to draw endangered Mountain Gorillas
We journeyed to Rwanda to draw endangered Mountain Gorillas
We were invited by The Gorilla Doctors to visit their facility and learn more about Gorillas and their work.
We journeyed to Rwanda to draw endangered Mountain Gorillas
When we landed in Kigali we had a big problem
When we landed in Kigali we had a big problem
We discovered the Rwanda consulate in New York had issued our visas for the wrong dates and we only had one day left on our current visas.luckily we made a Rwandan friend and he helped us get all the documents and photos for an extension.
When we landed in Kigali we had a big problem
Getting official documents
Getting official documents "African style".
This place was primitive but it got us our photos and documents. Note their copy machine on the sidewalk out front.
Getting official documents "African style".
Visiting the Rwanda genocide museum in Kigali,with our friend jean Claude.
Visiting the Rwanda genocide museum in Kigali,with our friend jean Claude.
In 1993, over 1.4 million Tutsi people were slaughtered by the Hutu majority. Age old hatred was exploited by Hutu extremists,causing neighbors,friends and even family to kill any Tutsis they saw. It was a horrific one hundred days!
Visiting the Rwanda genocide museum in Kigali,with our friend jean Claude.
Over 250,000 folks including Claude's dad are buried here at the memorial.
Over 250,000 folks including Claude's dad are buried here at the memorial.
Claude's family friends and neighbors killed his dad and brother. He hid in the forest with his mom and 3 siblings during the one hundred days of killing!
Over 250,000 folks including Claude's dad are buried here at the memorial.
The United Nations stood by as millions of people were killed.
The United Nations stood by as millions of people were killed.
We learned not only of the savagery of that genocide,but also of the incredible forgiveness and fortitude of the Rwandan people. Afterward they held village courts to try over 100,000 murderers.
The United Nations stood by as millions of people were killed.
The Tutsis confronted their tormentors and sent many to prison.
The Tutsis confronted their tormentors and sent many to prison.
Prisoners were able to reduce their sentences by confessing and doing community service. Claude confronted the folks that killed his family and forgave them!
The Tutsis confronted their tormentors and sent many to prison.
Today Rwanda is at peace and the people have forgiven and moved on
Today Rwanda is at peace and the people have forgiven and moved on
It's an amazing story of what forgiveness and determination can accom plish. Rwanda has the highest literacy rates and one of the best governments in Africa. It is so clean and the people seem so happy.
Today Rwanda is at peace and the people have forgiven and moved on