This is the inaugural post on the new RwandaWire news wire and blog.
Rwanda is a wonderful place, but it’s just about impossible to write about the country, the people or the Rwandan government without upsetting someone, so I won’t pretend that no one will be perturbed by some of the things written here. That said, I promise to try to be openminded, fair and accurate.
Some readers will know right away that I started this news wire by, in many ways, modeling the work of Graham Holiday and his Kigaliwire site. I used Graham’s rough-book materials to learn about bookmarking tools, news-curation and news-aggregation. After using some of these tools for just a few days, I forgot how I ever lived without them. I also realized that I’d been missing—or was at least oblivious to—multiple of layers of the “new media” cake. I certainly see news with fresh eyes thanks to ole Doc Holliday.
This site is a work in progress. It seeks to be a Rwanda news source that is not heavily influenced by political beliefs. I won’t say I have no bias at all because anyone who says that is a liar. Yet many of us Africaphiles find it difficult to get a bead on Rwanda events without being inundated by reporting that lacks sensible nuance. Most—but not all—of what we find being written about Rwanda vacillates between sugarcoated promotion and hate-filled vitriol (with an occasional side of ignorance). I curate the RwandaWire news feed to give folks a place where they can find the relevant Rwanda news without too much of the meaningless fluff or unhelpful rants.
Finding the right news to repost is not easy. When I post something positive, the opposition folks get mad. When I post something critical, people in Kigali challenge me on Twitter. Writing regular, original blog content is going to be even tougher but I’m determined to give it a shot. I try to tell myself that as long as everyone is uncomfortable, I’m doing my job.
(Next Post Coming Soon: How To Write About Rwanda)