- a town in and the capital of Rwanda, in the central part.
- a republic in central Africa, E of the Democratic Republic of the Congo: formerly comprising the N part of the Belgian trust territory of Ruanda-Urundi; became independent 1962. 10,169 sq. mi. (26,338 sq. km). Capital: Kigali.
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Examples from the Web for kigali
She had left on a 2.5-hour trip for the capital of Kigali the night before war broke out.After the Genocide, Rwanda’s Widows Aging Alone
August 31, 2014
“We are no longer crying,” said Hubert Kiteretse, a Kigali resident, who has attended the ceremonies every year.Rwanda Remembers 100 Days of Terror on Genocide’s 20th Anniversary
April 8, 2014
Pursued for being a Tutsi, she took refuge with three different families, who hid her in the capital of Kigali.Two Decades After Genocide, Rwanda’s Women Have Made the Nation Thrive
April 2, 2014
A police spokesman said that Favaro had bought the skulls for around $30, according to the Kigali Post.Burundi’s Black Market Skull Trade
January 26, 2014
“Anything can happen to you when you try to write the truth,” he told me in Kigali last week.A Nation's Hopes Imperiled
April 30, 2010
- the capital of Rwanda, in the central part. Pop: 782 000 (2005 est)
- a republic in central Africa: part of German East Africa from 1899 until 1917, when Belgium took over the administration; became a republic in 1961 after a Hutu revolt against the Tutsi (1959); fighting between the ethnic groups broke out repeatedly after independence, culminating in the genocide of Tutsis by Hutus in 1994. Official languages: Kinyarwanda, English, French, and Swahili. Religion: Roman Catholic, African Protestant, Muslim, and animist. Currency: Rwanda franc. Capital: Kigali. Pop: 12 012 589 (2013 est). Area: 26 338 sq km (10 169 sq miles)Former name (until 1962): Ruanda
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Word Origin and History for kigali
African nation, named for indigenous people there, whose word for themselves is of unknown origin.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Rwanda gained its independence from Belgium in 1962.
It has long been marked by ethnic strife between majority Hutus and dominant Tutsis. When its president died in a suspicious plane cash in 1994, Hutu militia massacred at least 500,000 Tutsis in an act of genocide.
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