Ashley Judd in Rwanda: Day One

Ashley Judd in Rwanda: Day One

Editor’s note: The following pages are Ashley Judd’s journal from a trip to Rwanda in 2008. It could have been retired for being out of date. But we continue to get email about it, from people in various parts of the world, who appreciate it, are moved by...

Ashley Judd, Day Seven — reflections

We drove down the mountain with the valley below, traced by a wide meandering river. In the east was a wide rainbow, the magenta and violet were glowing. In the west, the sun was setting behind mountain after mountain after mountain. Everything was blue, even the air....

Ashley Judd, Day Seven — Dushishoze

Dushishoze….say that 3 times fast! Meaning “Think about it” in Kinyarwandan, Dushishoze comprises 4 youth centres nationwide where kids may access free medically accurate reproductive health information, services and products such as voluntary HIV/Aids testing (with...

Ashley Judd, Day Seven — Sonrise

Sonrise is a special place. Built by an Anglican Priest to address the orphan crisis after the genocide, Sonrise pulls in the neediest orphans from all over the country. Parish priests are well established in their individual communities and recognize vulnerable...

Ashley Judd, Day Six – Heal Africa

There is a new looking compound set incongruously in Goma’s ruins. In Cambodia, such villas are built by pimps. I wondered what kind of people could afford such a palace in one of the poorest countries on Earth. I was grateful to learn it was, in fact, my next...

Ashley Judd, Day Six — Democratic Republic of Congo

King Leopold of Belgium, an insane man who never should have been free in a society much less allowed to “rule” one, kept this unimaginably fertile area (equal in size to everything east of the Mississippi) for his personal exploitation and whim. During his lust for...

Ashley Judd, Day Six — Women for Women International

The people here are not just reserved in a cultural way, they are cautious in the way of the stunned, of those who have lived with trauma, brutality, and suffering. Of the hundred or so people I visited today, a few became soft and warm after a greeting, but most...

Ashley Judd, Day Five — World Malaria Day

I packed up all my stuff and ate a weird breakfast before going to the airport. After a confusing wait, we boarded a heifer of a helicopter, a giant military thing with bench seating lining the length of it. Some old Russian shitter, Dario had explained, rather in awe...
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