If you imagine the shape of Rwanda as a rough square, as of Thursday I have been to three of its four corners: northwest, southwest, and now southeast.
Above is a view of the Rwanda/Tanzania border at Rusumo Falls. Tanzania is on the left side; Rwanda is on the right.
A one-lane bridge crosses the Akagera River — a natural line between the two countries at this corner.
A second bridge is now being built just in front of the current span, with Japanese assistance.
The large empty area in the left top corner of the photo above is a parking area (under construction) for the many trucks that cross the border daily.
During the genocide in 1994, “an estimated 500,000 Rwandans — half of them within one 24-hour period” fled across this border to Tanzania, according to my guide book.*
Journalists standing on the bridge and looking down at the rushing water, counted the bodies of genocide victims “at a rate of one or two per minute.”
I took the very first photo above from the top of the hill in the center of the picture below.
*Rwanda, The Bradt Travel Guide, by Philip Briggs and Janice Booth.