Emerging From Genocidal History, Rwandans Prepare for Elections

BY Larisa Epatko  August 3, 2010 at 5:51 PM EDT

Sixteen years after Rwanda’s genocide, the country is still struggling with reconciliation and democracy, highlighted by upcoming presidential elections on Monday. Kira Kay of The Bureau for International Reporting recently traveled there to report on how far the country has come, but found that there is still fear of speaking publicly about certain topics.

“We went out into the countryside,” said Kay. “We looked at where electricity is being hooked up at a rural level for people who never had it before. We went to a health clinic where there’s universal health care for $2 a year.” But trying to find opposition members willing to speak openly about the lack of political choice was difficult, she said.

Kay describes why in this Skype interview with Hari Sreenivasan:

Watch for her full report on Monday’s NewsHour.