Rwanda

Country Rwanda
Capital Kigali
Continent Africa
Currency Rwandan franc(RWF)
Languages Kinyarwanda, French & English

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Introduction

In 1959, three years before independence from Belgium, the majority ethnic group, the Hutus, overthrew the ruling Tutsi king. Over the next several years, thousands of Tutsis were killed, and some 150,000 driven into exile in neighboring countries. The children of these exiles later formed a rebel group, the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), and began a civil war in 1990. The war, along with several political and economic upheavals, exacerbated ethnic tensions, culminating in April 1994 in the genocide of roughly 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus. The Tutsi rebels defeated the Hutu regime and ended the killing in July 1994, but approximately 2 million Hutu refugees - many fearing Tutsi retribution - fled to neighboring Burundi, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zaire. Since then, most of the refugees have returned to Rwanda, but several thousand remained in the neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC; the former Zaire) and formed an extremist insurgency bent on retaking Rwanda, much as the RPF tried in 1990. Rwanda held its first local elections in 1999 and its first post-genocide presidential and legislative elections in 2003. Rwanda in 2009 staged a joint military operation with the Congolese Army in DRC to rout out the Hutu extremist insurgency there and Kigali and Kinshasa restored diplomatic relations. Rwanda also joined the Commonwealth in late 2009.

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Studying abroad in Rwanda an amazing experience for Tech contingent - VT hokiesports.com

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Studying abroad in Rwanda an amazing experience for Tech contingent
VT hokiesports.com
BLACKSBURG – When Sydney Pesetti found out about an opportunity to spend a portion of her summer studying abroad in Rwanda, she expressed an interest and yet admitted that she knew little about the nation. “I had heard of the country,” the Virginia ...



Rwanda Shines in Primary School Enrolment – UNFPA - KT Press (blog)

Rwanda Shines in Primary School Enrolment – UNFPA
KT Press (blog)
Rwanda's education system that prioritizes 'Education for All' is outstanding compared to other developing countries- 'State of World Population report 2017(SWOP)' has disclosed. The annual report released by United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) ...



Global hotel brands in Rwanda report returns on investment - The New Times

The New Times

Global hotel brands in Rwanda report returns on investment
The New Times
Prior to the entrance of the brands, there had been some doubts on the profitability of the high end hospitality sector given that Rwanda is considered a 'small market.' However, the brands say that, contrary to such perception, Kigali has turned out ...



Vanquished Harambee Stars to host Rwanda - Daily Nation - Daily Nation

Vanquished Harambee Stars to host Rwanda - Daily Nation
Daily Nation
Harambee Stars coach Stanley Okumbi (left) issues instructions to his players during a training session at the Basra International Stadium on October 3, 2017.

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Critic of Rwanda's president asks for freedom in court | News | Al ... - Aljazeera.com

Aljazeera.com

Critic of Rwanda's president asks for freedom in court | News | Al ...
Aljazeera.com
A critic of Rwandan President Paul Kagame asked him to free her and her detained mother and sister as she stood in court on Monday charged with forgery and ...
Jailed Rwandan opposition figure accuses presidentNews24

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Rwanda Scoops International Coffee Award - KT Press (blog)

Rwanda Scoops International Coffee Award
KT Press (blog)
Rwanda coffee has won one of the international coffee award conferred to the best coffee growers in the world. “The second Ernesto Illy International Coffee Award 2017” was offered to Rwanda in the ceremony held in New York City, United States of ...

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100 New Foreign Companies Register in Rwanda - KT Press (blog)

KT Press (blog)

100 New Foreign Companies Register in Rwanda
KT Press (blog)
Rwanda Development Board (RDB) has registered the highest number of Foreign Direct Investment ever, following the recently concluded Kigali International Trade Fair. In collaboration with Private Sector Federation, RDB this year started the exercise of ...

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Rwanda Stocks Remain Silent - KT Press (blog)

Rwanda Stocks Remain Silent
KT Press (blog)
The equities counters closed as follows: Bank of Kigali (BK): Frw 285; KCB: Frw 340; Bralirwa (BLR) Frw 140; I&M Bank (IMR) Frw 95; Crystal Frw 70; Equity Bank Rwanda (EQTY) Frw 350; Nation Media Group Frw 1,200; and Uchumi Frw 104. At the end of the ...



Renewable Energy Experts to Meet in Rwanda For Potential Market - RwandaEye

RwandaEye

Renewable Energy Experts to Meet in Rwanda For Potential Market
RwandaEye
More than 200 experts and officials in the energy sector will tomorrow descend in Rwanda's capital Kigali to discuss possible potentials in the country's renewable energy. At a conference and Exhibition set for this Thursday and Friday, members of ...



Nakumatt named best taxpayer in Rwanda - Business Daily (press release) (blog)

Business Daily (press release) (blog)

Nakumatt named best taxpayer in Rwanda
Business Daily (press release) (blog)
Troubled retail operator Nakumatt Holdings has received accolade in neighbouring Rwanda after it was recognised as the best taxpayer. Nakumatt Rwanda, which operates 3 retail stores in Kigali, took home the 2016 Best Taxpayer trophy as well as the Best ...
Nakumatt named best taxpayer in Rwanda - Capital BusinessCapital FM Kenya (blog)

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