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The Commute Uphill

By Chris Beattie, MPH in Sociomedical Sciences Each day here in Kigali begins, invariably, with a walk uphill.  Rwanda has the nickname “Le Pays de Milles Collines” (the land of a thousand hills) for a reason.  Those thousand hills are packed into an area the size of Vermont, along with almost 10 million people, making it the most densely populated country in Africa.  It is an extraordinarily beautiful place, one that has made great strides in overcoming its extraordinarily ugly recent history – the 1994 genocide that left close to a million people dead. In the intervening sixteen years, Rwanda…