The colors of Rwanda’s flag are blue, yellow and green. Visitors who travel through the capital of Kigali quickly see why. The sky over the city is bright blue, and it remains that way even when a few hints of cloud slide across the panorama. Lush, green vegetation grows between apartment buildings and skyscrapers in the million-resident metropolis that spreads out over a countless number of hills. The earth is yellow-brown. Fine dusty accumulations of it collect on the side of the road and in cracks of the otherwise immaculately maintained sidewalks.
If the Rwanda flag also had a sound, it would have to be the rattle of hundreds and hundreds of motorcycles that travel through the city. Motorcycle taxis form the face of the streets. Their drivers pick their way through town, dodging buses and generally old cars, vehicles that are frequently pick-up trucks made by Japanese companies. The drivers, wearing their typical red vests that identify them as being certified, sit at the front. The passengers sit behind, casually leaning back and punching messages into their smartphones.