Rwanda Diary: I am a Muzungu

by Hannah Frantz

Muzungu: noun. Foreign person, derived from a word literally meaning “confused person.” 

Sometimes when I walk through the streets people shout “Muzungu, Muzungu” at me. It’s not an offensive term by any means, just a statement. But it always makes me hyperaware of my skin color, which is definitely an experience I needed to have. In fact, I think it’s an experience most white people should have.

Anyway, so much has happened since my last post. I hope I can catch you up.

A few days ago we did what is called our “drop off” project. However, it’s more of a “let loose” project than anything. Our program staff put us into pairs and assigned each pair a mission and then literally set us loose. Continue reading