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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, 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. Despite substantial international assistance and political reforms - including Rwanda's first local elections in March 1999 - the country continues to struggle to boost investment and agricultural output and to foster reconciliation. A series of massive population displacements, a nagging Hutu extremist insurgency, and Rwandan involvement in two wars over the past four years in the neighboring DROC continue to hinder Rwanda's efforts.


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Rwandans who were expelled from Tanzania now living in Karangazi, Rwimiyaga sectors in Nyagatare district, Eastern province will get land for cultivation, courtesy of Rwanda Red Cross. Florence Umulisa, a Rwanda Red Cross official in charge of ...
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Zimbabwe will repatriate hundreds of Rwandan nationals staying in the southern African country as refugees in compliance with the Cessation Clause which ...
A Belgian priest, Stefaan Minnaert, 65, has published a book with damning details on the history and deeds of Missionaries in Rwanda.
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Rwanda's envoy to Lebanon, Ambassador Williams Nkurunziza, yesterday presented his letters of credence to Lebanese President President General Michel Aoun at the latter's Beirut Palace, a move the Rwandan Embassy says signals the strengthening of ...
The Rwandan High Commissioner to Nigeria, Ambassador Stanislas Kamanzi, has described micro finance as a potent tool for poverty alleviation and wealth creation.
The lender gained Rwf4, closing at Rwf109 from Rwf105 on Wednesday, the Rwanda stock exchange (RSE) daily market report indicates.
Anih said: "We are very happy with our collaboration with Rwandair, Rwanda Development, Radisson Blu and the Kigali Convention Centre and this is in the spirit of value creation and integration within the continent which the Africa Union is promoting ...
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The Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) has intensified the fight against the fall armyworm that has devastated farmers' crops, especially maize.
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Rwanda's government announced on Wednesday it had discovered fall armyworm on its crops, making it the third east African country afflicted by the plant-eating pest also recently spotted in Kenya.
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Effective 2019, Tour du Rwanda will be upgraded from 2.2 to 2.1 road race category of the International Cycling Union (UCI) Africa Tour, according to Rwanda Cycling Federation (FERWACY) president Aimable Bayingana. That will make the annual cycling ...
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The Rwandan community in Uganda and their friends on Saturday took part in a Walk to Remember at the Uganda Christian University (UCU), Mukono Uganda.
Rwanda entrepreneurs will this week converge in Kigali for the forthcoming annual Rwanda investment conference and expo.
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RE: "Why the genocide against the Tutsi should stir global conscience" (The New Times, April 12). This is the most complete and powerful article I have seen on ...
The organisers of DOADOA, an East African Performing arts and music festival, have announced artistes that will perform at this year's edition.
Rwanda and Djibouti yesterday signed five bilateral agreements during the first day of a two-day state visit by President Paul Kagame and First Lady Jeannette ...
Second vice president of Burundi, Joseph Butore warned that any local leader or police officer who will endorse export to Rwanda "will have problems". In the same spirit, Rwandan express public buses - which Burundians depended on, were stopped from ...
I was extremely saddened on Sunday, April 16 to hear about the passing of Mr Jean Sayinzoga, the Chairman of the Rwanda Demobilization and Reintegration ...
It was high time this principle of keeping religion out of public workplaces was enforced. Some might claim that there really is no harm in letting believers congregate to pray together at work as this need not impinge on the rights of those who do not ...
Team Rwanda riders will begin their quest for medals at this year's 14th edition of Tour of Eritrea that starts today and will run until April 22.






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