- 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 rwandan
And President Clinton famously said his biggest regret was doing nothing to stop the 1994 Rwandan genocide.
Jersey cows produce 40 liters of milk a day, far more than the average Rwandan cow.
The lasting effects of the Rwandan genocide have been at the root of these conflicts.Obama’s Africa Summit and the New Danger in Congo
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August 4, 2014
The 1994 Rwandan government attempted to eliminate en masse the Tutsi population.Still a Problem From Hell, Two Decades After Rwanda
April 8, 2014
The Rwandan success story was not without a price, and for some the scars were slow to heal, when they healed at all.Two Decades After Genocide, Rwanda’s Women Have Made the Nation Thrive
April 2, 2014
- of or relating to Rwanda or its inhabitants
- a native or inhabitant of Rwanda
- 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 rwandan
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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