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  1. Why are you going to Rwanda? Sadly unless there’s any profit in it, no nation will do more than give it lip service in parliament. Look at Darfour, Zimbabwe or even Burma where Aung Sang Su Kyi has been under house arrest for over 20 years thanks to their Junta which tramples over even a duly elected President. And I don’t think there’s any fault in being self-interested or altruistic if you’re actually going over to help people in need. It helps them, and you.

  2. I’m going to Rwanda (paying my own way) because my parish has started to support the development work in a diocese there which has a strong Dublin connection. I’m going down to Burundi to visit a friend and to see a project that was funded by a committee of which I was secretary

  3. There’s an episode of Friends where Phoebe tries to do something good for somebody without getting anything back in return. In the end it’s impossible because at the very least she is left feeling good about herself for the deed she has done. It didn’t stop her trying to do good things though and I think that’s the point.

  4. A quest for purpose? Perhaps, as a witness to how the office and dignity of a clergyman is now seen by the Rwandan population. Courage will not forsake you, no doubt, when you have occasion to bear the consequences of the clergy’s passivity during the genocide.

  5. Members of the church were guilty of worse than passivity – the former bishop of the diocese I will visit was guilty of crimes against humanity, but died in prison before coming to trial.

    But the church carries on; it is the provider of education and health care in many parts of the country and has a growing and vibrant membership.

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