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Wedding in Ruli

Ruli, Gakenke District, Northern Province, Rwanda
“I was invited to a wedding that was supposed to start a 9 a.m. I thought I smartly arrived at 10, but the wedding didn’t start until 11:30. Families and friends are divided on each side and village onlookers surround the event. The festivities start with the MCs chattering away and making fun of the other family, while the stars of the wedding ply the other family with gifts in hopes of ‘winning’ their new family over. It was really beautiful to see how other cultures celebrate happiness.”
     Chan was one of 20 graduate students in the Global Impact internship program in the summer of 2013. The program is sponsored by the William Davidson Institute,  a non-profit research and educational institute at the University of Michigan.