During the summer of 2015, I had the opportunity to travel to Africa for the first time as part of Biblical Seminary’s Global Trauma Recovery Institute program. As the plane touched the Tarmac, I was not expecting the huge rush of emotion that overwhelmed me. My eyes welled with tears as I experienced the feeling of “coming home”.
Landing in Uganda on the way to Rwanda, my intended destination, I experienced connection and joy, thinking “this is the land of my fathers.”
Rwandan culture is rich in tradition and customs. Great respect is given to elders. For example, the role of the aunt within the family structure is one who provides wise counsel to family members. Such traditions cause me to reflect on my cultural traditions. I can see hints of these traditions present even now despite the fact that I am a product of the African Diaspora during the period of the Atlantic slave trade.
But I also wonder what rich traditions were lost as a result of the severed ties to Africa many generations ago.