Journalist Alexander Weck ’s renewed view of Rwanda after 30 years

By Karirima Aimable Ngarambe
On 9 March 2024 at 02:32

Karl Alexander Weck, a seasoned German journalist once traveled to Rwanda to report on the tragic 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. The harrowing experiences he faced led him to vow never to return.

However, in a recent interview with IGIHE in Berlin, Germany, Weck shared a change of heart.

After three decades and witnessing Rwanda’s remarkable progress from afar, he expressed a keen interest in revisiting the nation. His reflection came while attending the International Tourism Exhibition (ITB-Berlin 2024), an event where Rwanda showcased its developments.

Weck recalled the despair he observed in 1994, doubting Rwanda could ever rehabilitate its image.

The sights of devastation and loss marked the lowest point in his 40-year media career.

"I saw many bodies in rivers; it was humanity at its darkest," he recounted.

This led him to swear off not only Rwanda but the entire African continent, fearing the atrocities could be a common sight elsewhere.

However, Weck acknowledges the transformative power of determined governance and community resilience.

Rwanda, once ravaged by hopelessness, now stands as a testament to recovery and unity, attracting tourists worldwide. "I’ve visited over 140 countries since 1994, yet I’m captivated by Rwanda’s transformation," he said.

What particularly moved him were the strides Rwanda has made, defying his earlier resolution never to return. He now views Rwanda as a beacon of progress and unity, often referred to as the "Switzerland of Africa."

Weck is now eager to witness Rwanda’s evolution firsthand and potentially document the experience. He has initiated conversations with Rwandan tourism officials to facilitate his visit, aiming to share Rwanda’s success story with his audience back home.

Weck shared his reflection came while attending the International Tourism Exhibition (ITB-Berlin 2024).
Weck during an interview with IGIHE.
After three decades and witnessing Rwanda's remarkable progress from afar, Weck expressed a keen interest in revisiting Rwanda.

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