There Will Be Blood

Abdoul Salam Nizeyimana, a 27-year-old Rwandan, survived the slaughter of his entire Tutsi family at the hands of Hutu fighters. 2 decades-plus since the genocide, Rwanda’s economy has grown 7-fold, and the country is alive with youthful ambition.

Driven by the miracle of his own survival, Nizeyimana now flies drones that deliver blood across Rwanda’s western region for Zipline International. The company got the idea, and the airspace clearance, from the Rwandan government. With Silicon Valley backing and a mostly local staff, the company’s distribution center outside Kigali has launched 8,000 flights carrying some 15,000 units of blood to hospitals—and counting.


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