At the Gates of Hope

 One must think like a hero in order to behave like a merely decent human being. May Sarton ...more

As It was in the Beginning: Genesis by Sebastiao Salgado

As It Was in the Beginning byBriana Gervat...more

The Choice of Hope

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”Edmund Burke For months after I returned from Rwanda I was afraid to write about my experiences, uncertain that I possessed the words that could communicate all that was seen, all that was heard, and all that was felt in those six short weeks....more

What Comes After

What Comes After “And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.” Roald DahlThere are some histories that cannot be forgotten but there are ways of remembering that heal the wounds of the past rather than inflict the old torments of time upon those who have suffered and long to suffer no more....more

The Sanctity of Stars

"I can predict the movement of heavenly bodies but I cannot predict the madness of men."Isaac NewtonIn Musanze, when the power goes out on a clear night, the Milky Way become visible spreading itself out across the south western sky blanketing the whole of Rwanda underneath a veil of stars.Here in East Africa along its Eastern edge I question why it is that physicists attempt to understand distant galaxies while I am still struggling to understand why things happen the way they do on this small, obscure piece of real estate called Earth....more

Just to get by...

I am a student of images. Paintings, sculptures, photographs, and even architecture help me find my place in this world and allow me to further revel in its beauty, share in its anguish, and find peace in the silence that is offered.It was the artistic mediums of film and photography that drew me to Rwanda, first in 2005 and then eight years later when deciding on a thesis topic for graduate school....more

Running in Rwanda

“Twenty-five years and my life is still trying to get up that great big hill of hope for a destination.” 4 Non Blondes...more


It is a strange sensation when a dream over one year in the making, is finally transformed into a reality. I arrived in Rwanda a day later than I was supposed to but still I arrived nevertheless. In this land of one thousand hills the road rises and falls as we climb out of Kigali toward Musanze....more


“We hope. We despair. We hope. We despair. That is what governs us. We have a bipolar system.”Maira KalmanIn 1994, I was fourteen years old. That age of both innocence and arrogance where I thought I knew everything but I was too insecure to admit that I knew nothing at all.In eighth grade, even though the narrow scope through which I viewed the world was widening, it was still limited to what I was taught in school and although there was gravity in words like Holocaust and genocide, I had yet to feel their weight....more