Twenty-three years ago, on the 6th of April, one of the greatest tragedies of contemporary history began. The Rwandan genocide, which took the lives of almost one million people in just about 100 days, occurred before the eyes of the world powers, whose representatives, impassive at the time, merely evacuated their personnel from the country and left the Rwandans to the mercy of the madness unleashed by a part of the population.
In the wake of the exceptional rising of the continent's middle and high income economies, the assessments on Africa's growth have been indulged on forecasts of optimistic future scenarios, hailing "African lions" as roaring as the "Asian tigers". Undoubtedly Africa's economies are reaching great performances: the growth rate remains generally robust, while inflation dropped considerably down, and foreign debts, as well as budget deficits, declined.
Rwanda has made impressive progress since the 1994 genocide, which killed 800,000 in three months leaving the country shattered, and is now increasingly seen as a success story. Indeed, the country is peaceful and safe, it has experienced sustained economic growth and many socioeconomic indicators have improved, partly thanks to massive aid flows.