Edward Rwema is a senior editor with the Central Africa Service. He joined the Voice of America as an international broadcaster in 2013. He has covered and continues to cover many of the biggest stories coming out of the Great Lakes region of Africa. His work has exposed him to conflicts in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda’s aftermath of the genocide and recently the crisis in Burundi. While in Burundi in 2015, he has filed compelling stories for the VOA under extreme conditions, including threats and risk of life.
Prior to joining VOA, Rwema reported for a variety of media outlets such as the Associated Press, German International Radio, the Torstar Group and a number of radio and print outlets in Rwanda.
During the Rwandan genocide in 1994, some 800,000 people – primarily ethnic Tutsis – died at the hands of ethnic Hutus. Blood flowed throughout the central African country – though less so in one remote northern town. VOA’s Edward Rwema reports.