The Price Rwanda Pays to Keep Kigali’s Image Pristine
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Rwanda’s capital, Kigali, stands out as a safe and tidy city. Keeping Kigali clean, however, comes at a high price for those who can least afford to pay it – the city’s homeless, its street hawkers, and others living on society’s edge.
Rounded up on a regular basis, these ”undesirables” are locked away in Rwanda’s Gikondo Transit Center, where several hundred people may share a room in cramped conditions, supplies of food and water are insufficient, and certain detainees called “counselors” beat other detainees with wooden sticks. A Human Rights Watch researcher speaks about the new report, ‘Why Not Call This Place a Prison?’, and the realities in Gikondo.