Friday, March 18, 2011
Meat is only for rich people
Peter pulled out of the interviews of four genocide survivors/women today. Surprise. Not really. Disappointed. Shifting. Rethinking how to make it all work. Went to the Genocide Memorial Museum in Kigali instead. Ikiuuguta (homemade yogurt, milk from their own cows). With bread. Cut with machetes, clubbed, raped. Churches turned into killing fields. Fish is rare. Usually comes from Uganda. From Victoria Lake. Rice. Sweet potatoes. Fish sauce. Saw these teenagers walking down the street with machetes. The unsettling image. For a second it connects this breathtaking landscape and its beautiful people with the unforgiveness of memory. The past. A farming tool turned into a killer’s weapon. Shortly before the 1994 genocide the Rwandan government asked China for more. A special order, wooden crates full of new blades. Avocados . Green bananas. Sweet bananas. The genocide orphaned more than 300,000. After 1994, nearly 85,000 children became the head of households. Roadblocks became the principle tool of population control. Lemons straight from the trees. Pineapple. Cut. Fresh.Juicy. Not sure what to make of any of it. Will turn into my father’s daughter soon enough. Don't know how to make it all count. Meat is only for rich people.