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# rwanda - Saturday 16 May, 2020

Top fugitive in Rwanda’s genocide arrested in Paris

Felicien Kabuga had been living in the city under an assumed name.

# rwanda - Thursday 1 August, 2019

Rwanda reopens border with DR Congo after being closed for hours amid latest Ebola outbreak

A third case has been detected in the border city of Goma, home to 2 million people.

# rwanda - Sunday 7 April, 2019

Opinion: 25 years on from the Rwanda genocide. Can we make sure it never happens again?

187 million people were killed through genocide and state-sanctioned mass murder, in the 20th century, writes Cian Matthew Kearns.

# rwanda - Monday 2 April, 2018

Israel will send refugees to Western countries as deportation plan scrapped

The original scheme was criticised by the United Nations.

# rwanda - Friday 9 June, 2017

Rhino kills conservationist in Rwanda

Hungarian Krisztian Gyongyi had been helping reintroduce the black rhino to Akagera National Park.

# rwanda - Wednesday 15 March, 2017

Young girl who featured on 2004 Trócaire box visits Ireland to say thank you

Josiane is now working for the charity in Rwanda.

# rwanda - Sunday 16 October, 2016

'The land of a thousand hills' is now using drones to deliver medicine

On Friday, Rwanda inaugurated a drone operation that its backers hope will kickstart a revolution in the supply of medical care in rural parts of Africa.

# rwanda - Tuesday 30 August, 2016

Forty cows, 260 pigs and 200 goats will be getting on a plane from Shannon Airport to Rwanda

Forty cows, 260 pigs and 200 goats will be getting on a plane from Shannon Airport to Rwanda

The Bóthar ‘Ark’ will fly from Shannon Airport to mark its 25th anniversary

# rwanda - Saturday 5 December, 2015

Memories of the genocide: 'I said to myself that if the whites abandoned us we would all be killed'

Claims that French soldiers ignored Rwandans pleas in 1994 killings.

# rwanda - Sunday 5 April, 2015

From The42 From Rwanda with love: Northern Irishman Johnny McKinstry on his new African adventure Return Of The Mc

From Rwanda with love: Northern Irishman Johnny McKinstry on his new African adventure

The Ebola virus derailed the young manager’s incredible work in Sierra Leone but he’s eager to conjure something similar in a new country.

# rwanda - Sunday 28 December, 2014

The 33 photographs that took our breath away this year

From Leaving Certificate students to George Clooney, here are the most striking photographs from 2014.

# rwanda - Wednesday 12 November, 2014

The scars that brought us to Ireland: Asylum seekers on the violence that made them flee

Three refugees who have fled their home countries due to political persecution share their stories.

# rwanda - Monday 27 October, 2014

Interactive map: Here's where all our live sheep and cattle exports go

Almost 203,000 cattle and sheep were exported so far this year.

# rwanda - Thursday 18 September, 2014

Poachers turned gamekeepers: Rwanda looks to hunters to save mountain gorillas

The poachers say hunting was the only way to make a living.

# rwanda - Monday 11 August, 2014

Rwanda tests German student for Ebola

The results will be available in 48 hours, the country’s health ministry said.

# rwanda - Wednesday 9 April, 2014

Column: The forgotten crises that don't make the evening news still deserve our attention

In marking the 20th Anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, we should also look to conflicts in Central African Republic and South Sudan, writes Joe Costello TD.

# rwanda - Tuesday 8 April, 2014

Column: 'Memories of the genocide drew screams and wails that echoed around the stadium'

The atmosphere in Rwanda as it remembers its horrific genocide of 20 years ago has been equal parts sombre and hopeful, writes Karen Power.

# rwanda - Monday 7 April, 2014

Here's What Happened Today: Monday

Everyone’s been talking about Peaches Geldof, the death of a woman after a Luas crash and the Rwandan genocide commemorations.

20 Years On: What have we learned from Rwanda?

The humanitarian aid community learned its lessons, but what about the political world?

Rwandan president accuses France of role in the genocide

The French President has since released a statement.

20 Years On: Rwandans learn to live beside the men who killed their children

Today, survivors and perpetrators come together to learn how to live side by side so their country can move towards reconciliation.

The 9 at 9: Monday

It’s the beginning of a new week – and here’s everything you need to know before 9am.

From massacres and malnutrition to hope and healing - Burundi and Rwanda 20 years on

Deo Niyizonkiza survived a massacre in Burundi – escaped to New York – but returned to his native country with a plan to help thousands.

# rwanda - Friday 4 April, 2014

Column: Rwanda ... 20 years on, has the unforgettable country been forgotten?

Nearly one million people died in 100 days during the Rwandan genocide – an atrocity on a scale that horrified the world. But, asks John Fitzsimons, what have we really learned?

# rwanda - Monday 24 March, 2014

Rwandan President pledges €50,000 to perfect Joanne O'Riordan's robot

Paul Kagame told a conference in Dublin that his country would match funds being put forward by the International Telecommunication Union.

# rwanda - Sunday 7 April, 2013

From The42 Sports Film Of The Week: Rising From The Ashes Reel Stories This post contains videos

Sports Film Of The Week: Rising From The Ashes

The story of Rwanda’s national cycling team. It’s a lot better than it sounds.

# rwanda - Friday 22 February, 2013

11 countries to sign DR Congo peace accord: UN

Eleven African countries have been invited to sign a UN-brokered accord aiming to end more than two decades of conflict in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

# rwanda - Friday 30 November, 2012

Britain suspends aid to Rwanda over DR Congo rebel support DRC

Britain suspends aid to Rwanda over DR Congo rebel support

The UK is to withhold million in aid over concerns that Rwanda is supporting of rebels country, which is in the midst of an increasingly violent conflict.

# rwanda - Thursday 22 November, 2012

Congo: Violence continues, M23 rebels press forward after gains DRC

Congo: Violence continues, M23 rebels press forward after gains

A rebel group seeking to overthrow the Congolese government makes gains, and millions of civilians are displaced by the conflict.

# rwanda - Wednesday 21 September, 2011

Boys and girls should care about gender equality - report

As Plan Ireland calls for an “International Day of the Girl”, a report has found that gender equality is good for boys, as well as girls.

Column: Men need to help with gender equality - but it's good for them too

Ireland has a huge way to go in terms of gender equality but the onus is on men to do something about it, says Plan Ireland CEO David Dalton.

# rwanda - Sunday 4 September, 2011

From The42 The Sports Pages: some of the week's best sports writing Well Read

The Sports Pages: some of the week's best sports writing

With an ode to the healing power of football fanaticism and the incredible story of Rwanda’s national cycling team, this week’s round-up of the best writing the internet has to offer isn’t to be missed.

# rwanda - Monday 4 July, 2011

From The Daily Edge 10 things you didn’t know about the Fourth of July Fourth Of July This post contains images

10 things you didn’t know about the Fourth of July

It’s America’s birthday! Or is it? Well, not quite… some facts you might not have known about Independence Day.

# rwanda - Friday 24 June, 2011

Former Rwandan government minister found guilty of war crimes

Pauline Nyiramashuko was the first woman charged with war crimes in the 1994 genocide.

# rwanda - Tuesday 17 May, 2011

The Daily Fix: Tuesday

All the news of the day you might have missed…

Rwandan army chief given 30 years' jail over genocide

Augustin Bizimungu is convicted by the UN’s International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda over his role in the 1994 genocide.

# rwanda - Friday 27 August, 2010

ATROCITIES CARRIED OUT in Democratic of Congo (DRC) over a 10 year period have been classed as war crimes by the United Nations, according to a leaked draft report.

The report says that the Rwandan army could be responsible for carrying out genocide against members of the Hutu tribe in DRC, during a conflict between the two countries that spanned from 1993 to 2003.

The 600-page document outlines how Hutus were the victims of rape, murder and looting at the hands of Rwandan forces. It details how large numbers of Hutu families were rounded up and violently killed with hoes, hammers and axes, or burned alive.

It concludes that most of the victims were women, children, the elderly and the infirm.

Rwanda has blasted the findings, dismissing them as “rubbish” and an “amateurish NGO job”, according to various reports. The Rwandan government is likely to find the report highly embarrassing as it is attempting to detach itself from its own bloody past and present Rwanda as a modern country.

At one point, the draft report details Rwanda’s invasion of DRC (then Zaire) in 1996, when Rwandan Tutsis pursued fleeing DCR Hutu soldiers.

The report states:

The extent of the crimes and the large number of victims, probably in the several tens of thousands, are demonstrated by the numerous incidents detailed in the report. The extensive use of non-firearms, particularly hammers, and the systematic massacres of survivors after camps were taken prove that the number of deaths cannot be put down to the margins of war. Among the victims were mostly children, women, old and ill people.

Rwanda invaded DRC again, in 1998, when it suspected the country’s new regime supported Hutu rebels. The conflict involved eight countries and 21 militia groups. DRC’s rich mineral deposits were plundered of diamonds, gold, copper, cobalt and zinc.

Angolan rebels are also implicated for raping and looting during the invasion.

A spokesman for the UN high commissioner for human rights, Rupert Colville, has said that the leaked document was only a draft and that the final report (due to be published next month) would be likely to contain revisions.

However, Rwanda reportedly urging the UN to retract some of the more serious allegations contained within the report. If the changes in the final report prove to be significant, the UN could be accused of submitting to the pressure.

See this BBC report for background details of  the conflict in DRC.

# rwanda - Tuesday 10 August, 2010

RWANDA has returned Paul Kagame as the country’s president in a landslide victory, with the Tutsi leader receiving 92.9% of the public vote in 11 out of 30 districts with rural votes expected to be counted later.

The astoundingly popular Kagame, who has been president since 2000, was elected in 2003 with 95.1% of the vote and looks likely to be returned with a similarly astonishing mandate when the final results are certified later today.

As a measure of the popularity and esteem in which Kagame is held with expatriate Rwandans, the outgoing president also won 96.7% of the diaspora vote.

The 52-year-old has effectively ruled the country since the genocide of 1994, having been appointed vice-president to Pasteur Bizimungu in the aftermath of the genocide having been the de facto leader of the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) party at the time.

When Bizimungu resigned in 2000, Kagame assumed office and was appointed to his first full seven-year term in 2003, in what was the first election since the civil war that followed the genocide which Kagame is credited with ending.

“Hail RPF. Let’s wait for tomorrow, but it’s a matter of figures,” he told supporters last night. “Otherwise the victory is there. Your victory, the RPF’s victory, is victory for all Rwanda,” he said.

Kagame has been criticised by some, however, for leading an authoritarian regime in which independent media have been banned and some potential opponents were banner from contesting the election. One opposition leader was found dead last month.

Outside observers have also criticised the method of voting – the use of an inked thumbprint to denote ones voting intention – with some potential opponents fearful that the government would use ballot papers to identify them.

Nonetheless, Rwanda is considered a major reformer and as a beacon of hope for other African nations hoping to kickstart sluggish economies.