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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Rwanda - Wikipedia
Rwanda - CIA World Fact Book
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Nyirarukundo on why Rwanda has lagged behind in athletics - The New Times

The New Times

Nyirarukundo on why Rwanda has lagged behind in athletics
The New Times
On Sunday, Rwanda's highly rated track race and long distance runner Salome Nyirarukundo won a gold medal in the women half marathon to end a decade-long jinx in the Kigali International Peace Marathon. The 20-year-old made history after becoming ...



Rwanda, Switzerland new deal to boost bilateral ties - The New Times

Rwanda, Switzerland new deal to boost bilateral ties
The New Times
Trade volumes between Rwanda and Switzerland could increase thanks to a new set of agreements signed between the two countries on Monday in Bern, touching different areas of cooperation. Rwanda's Foreign Affairs Minister Louise Mushikiwabo and ...

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Excitement over direct UK-Rwanda air flight - Independent

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Excitement over direct UK-Rwanda air flight
Independent
The Kigali-Gatwick links joins a list of several other non-stop flights between Rwanda and Europe. Others include KLM's Amsterdam-Kigali and Rwandair and Brussels Airlines flights from Kigali to Brussels. Journalists and writers from these publications ...
Park Inn by Radisson debuts in Kigali, RwandaHotelier Middle East

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Rwanda: Forensic Laboratory - What Does This Mean for Rwanda? - AllAfrica.com

Rwanda: Forensic Laboratory - What Does This Mean for Rwanda?
AllAfrica.com
The enactment of Law No. 41/2016 establishing the Rwanda Forensic Laboratory is an extremely exciting milestone for Rwandans because it translates into speedy reception of analysis results. It also means that private individuals will be able to access ...



Rwanda: Factsheet, April 2017 - Reliefweb

Reliefweb

Rwanda: Factsheet, April 2017
Reliefweb
A tripartite meeting between the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the Governments of Rwanda and the Republic of Congo was held in Kigali from 3-4 April to assess the progress made in implementing the roadmap agreed upon in Brazzaville in September ...

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The Eastern Black Rhinoceros Has Officially Returned To Rwanda ... - ABC2 News

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The Eastern Black Rhinoceros Has Officially Returned To Rwanda ...
ABC2 News
The effort to relocate the animals was sponsored by African Parks, a conservation nonprofit that manages national parks on behalf of the government.

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Rwanda: Tribute to the Heroines of These Highlands - AllAfrica.com

Rwanda: Tribute to the Heroines of These Highlands
AllAfrica.com
I remember a fellow columnist musing in these pages that if she were not married, she would consider marrying Rwanda. Well, ma'am, I have good news for you. Even in your happy matrimonial state, you'd not raise your loving husband's hackles, marrying ...



Rwanda: Itorero for Diaspora Youth Due Next Month - AllAfrica.com

Rwanda: Itorero for Diaspora Youth Due Next Month
AllAfrica.com
Rwandan youths who live or study abroad will begin a month-long civic training exercise on June 12 at the Rwanda Defence Force Combat Training Centre in Gabiro. The 10th edition of the annual programme, Indangamirwa, will be a special intake, as it ...



New AfDB outlook: Rwanda's fight against poverty was most impactful - The New Times

The New Times

New AfDB outlook: Rwanda's fight against poverty was most impactful
The New Times
Rwanda's progress in the fight against poverty has been ranked as the most impactful on the continent since 2005, according to the new African Development ...

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Kenya: Rwanda Also Preparing for Peaceful August Elections - AllAfrica.com

Kenya: Rwanda Also Preparing for Peaceful August Elections
AllAfrica.com
Kigali, Rwanda Rwanda is also preparing for peaceful elections in August this year, which will be held the same week with Kenya. Rwanda goes to the polls on August 4 while those of Kenya are scheduled four days later on August 8. The Rwandan ...

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