Rwanda Profile

Rwanda with its population of just under eleven million is situated just south of the Equator, and is bordered by Uganda to its north, Tanzania to its east, Burundi to its south and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to its west. It is difficult to contemplate how any country could sink so far into genocide that over three million of its own children are left orphaned or vulnerable. A former German colony, Rwanda became under the control of Belgium after the First World War and became independent in 1962.

As with other emerging independent African nations politics was divided into tribal factions and following the assassination of President Habyarimana in 1994,

ongoing ethnic tensions between the Hutu and Tutsi population erupted in a mass slaughter that led to the killing of an estimated half to one million Rwandans, the equivalent of one in five of the then entire population including 300,000 of its own children.

Despite this bloodbath, Rwanda is now respected as one of the most stable African nations. Yet the mass genocide of the early 1990s has deeply scarred the nation; a recent survey found that a troubling 60% of children stated that they did not care if they ever grew up because of their past.

Today Rwanda is in 167th place out of 186 countries and territories in 2013 when ranked in terms of life expectancy, literacy, access to knowledge and the living standards of a country with 65% of all rural Rwandans living on or below the poverty line with a life expectancy of 55yrs.

About 80% of Rwandans are dependent on the land for their living although, as farms are split as they are handed down through the generations, farming is becoming increasingly fragmented there with around one hundred thousand children working on the land to achieve some form of living.



 
 
 
 
 
 

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The government of Rwanda is outwardly committed to a peaceful existence and is working with other countries and organisations to build a better future being one of the few nations on target to meet its Millennium Goals for 2015, however there is still much to do, and most of it can only be achieved with external aid and that aid is now being suspended by donor countries following ongoing allegations that Rwanda is supporting rebel activity in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo; allegations Rwanda denies. For more about Rwanda check out our Rwanda profile pages above.

 
 


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