Gorillas and Growth in Rwanda

Mariana van Zeller and Michael Voltaggio travel to Rwanda, which experienced unprecedented genocide in 1994. They visit the Nyamata Church, where thousands of Tutsis were killed, and trek through the mountains to get up-close with the amazing gorilla.

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Gorillas in the Mist

Gorillas in the Mist

Roger Amani, a guide at Volcanoes National Park, leads local fixer Ayubu Kasasa, Michael Voltaggio and Mariana van Zeller to the Umubano ("friendship") group, a family of 13 mountain gorillas led by a silverback named Charles. It is, without a doubt, one of the most popular stops in Rwanda. 960 1280

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View of Rwanda from Volcanoes National Park

View of Rwanda from Volcanoes National Park

Roger Amani leads Mariana van Zeller and Michael Voltaggio out of Volcanoes National Park after spending time with the gorillas. 960 1280

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Selfies!

Selfies!

Michael and Mariana capture their excitement of being with the gorillas. 960 1280

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Potato Collection Inside Volcanoes National Park

Potato Collection Inside Volcanoes National Park

Ayubu, Mariana and Michael gather potatoes grown in the soil of Volcanoes National Park. Michael will use them for the dinner at the end of the trip. 960 1280

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Fresh Corn!

Fresh Corn!

Mariana, Michael and Ayubu taste freshly picked corn from a roadside stand in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda. 960 1280

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Women Drummers of Ingoma Nshya

Women Drummers of Ingoma Nshya

An ensemble of drummers called Ingoma Nshya, which consists of Hutu and Tutsi women, performs for Michael and Mariana. It’s their official welcome to Rwanda. Ingoma Nshya promotes female empowerment, renewal and Hutu-Tutsi reconciliation. 960 1280

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Banana Picking

Banana Picking

Michael breaks off bananas from a tree outside of Kigali. Bananas are one of the biggest food crops in Rwanda. 960 1280

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View of Kigali in the Distance

View of Kigali in the Distance

A beautiful view of Rwanda's countryside, with Kigali in the distance. 960 1280

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Touring Rwanda

Touring Rwanda

Ayubu atop Mount Kigali with chef Michael Voltaggio and correspondent Mariana van Zeller in Kigali, Rwanda. 960 1280

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Nyamata Church

Nyamata Church

Nyamata Church, located about 20 miles from Kigali, is where thousands of Tutsis and moderate Hutus fled persecution in hope that the church would keep them safe, but most of them were killed there. 960 1280

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In Memoriam

In Memoriam

On display are skulls and skeletons of the people who died in the church and the surrounding area. 960 1280

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Goat Meat

Goat Meat

Michael shops for fresh produce and goat in Kigali’s central market, all for the final dinner. 960 1280

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Produce Market

Produce Market

Kigali's central market is packed with fresh produce. 960 1280

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Chef Michael in the Kitchen

Chef Michael in the Kitchen

It's the last day in Rwanda, and Michael is in the kitchen, preparing the final meal for his and Mariana’s dinner guests. 960 1280

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Dinner is Served

Dinner is Served

Michael's green papaya salad with green vegetables. 960 1280

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Michael's Twist on Coq au vin

Michael's Twist on Coq au vin

Coq au vin topped with tomatoes and red wine. 960 1280

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Final Dinner in Rwanda

Final Dinner in Rwanda

Mariana and Michael pose for a picture with their dinner guests, who include both Hutus and Tutsis. 960 1280

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