After visiting the imigongo art cooperative in the Eastern Province, my museum colleagues and I continued on the road toward Tanzania to visit Rusumo Falls. The waterfall is located on the Kagera River at the border of Rwanda and Tanzania. It is a truly beautiful place with a sad history.
Rusumo Falls was the site where the German and Belgian entered Rwanda. During the genocide, many refugees crossed the bridge over the falls to flee Rwanda for Tanzania as victims’ bodies floated down the river beneath them. After the genocide, bodies were found stranded on the rocks at the falls. A small memorial stone pays tribute to the victims and a new bridge was recently built to accommodate the transport traffic.