Rwanda: A People Uniting

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I will be profiling some countries this summer that interest me and hope you find interesting.

Rwanda is a landlocked country in East Africa that is perhaps best known for the worst reason - the deadly Hutu / Tutsi massacre with a million casualties 25 years ago leaving the country 70 percent female. Subsequently, the government has placed a high premium on Rwandan identity that transcends ethnicity. Women hold 64 percent of seats in the lower house of Rwanda’s national legislature, the largest share of any country. Women also are engaged in jobs, like fishing, that traditionally were only done by men.

Rwanda is renowned in Africa for tidiness - since 2009, the last Saturday of every month is clean-up day which is compulsory for all able-bodied people ages 18 to 65. Plastic bags have been banned for a decade.

Income per person has quadrupled in the last 25 years. Life expectancy at birth is 67. Religion: 46% Roman Catholic, 45% Protestant, 2% Islamic.

Pastor Curtis

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istolethetv under CC BY 2.0 (RUGBY SOCKS)
configmanager under CC BY 2.0 (Rwandan Dancers)
Jon G. under CC BY 2.0 (Rwandan Children)
Inclusive Security (Women's Roles)
Adam Jones under CC BY-SA 2.0 (Billboard Marking 18th Anniversary of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide)