Africa

Rwanda

Population: 12.95 Million

The Basics

Population
12.95 Million
Language
Kinyarwanda
Religions
Catholicism 57%
Protestantism 26%
Seventh-day adventist 11%
Islam 5%
Others 1%

Still hurting from the horrific genocide of 1994, Rwanda searches for healing.

Originally home to three tribes, the Twa (known as pygmies), Hutus, and the Tutsis, Rwanda’s history of ethnic tension is long.

In 1994, over 800,000 Tutsis were killed and two million Rwandans were displaced.

Barely two decades later, the memory is still too fresh.

Many consider the traditional Rwandan god, Imana, to be synonymous with the Christian God.

Will you join the Rwandan Church in sharing the hope and healing of the Living God with the hurting?

Culture
Uraho means “good day” and is appropriate for formal greetings. Murabo means “hello, everyone” is appropriate for groups.

A handshake is the common form of greeting. Offer the right hand in a horizontal position and grasp each other close to the wrist. They then embrace lightly while touching cheeks, right side first, then left, then right again.

Family Dynamics: Chairs are typically reserved for men; women and children sit on the floor. At meals, men usually eat first, with women and children following later. However, visitors get special treatment and receive the best chairs, food, and drink.
Explore
Visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial. This memorial is the final resting place for more than 250,000 victims of the Rwanda genocide. In this place of remembrance and learning, you will join visitors from around the world in learning about the events that took place just a few decades ago.

Nyamata church is another memorial 45 minutes outside the city that gives beneficial understanding of the Rwandan genocide.

In Kabeza, there a pool at the La Palisse Hotel that is expensive and a great way to relax.

Northwestern Rwanda National Park in Northwestern Uganda contains five volcanoes and mind-blowing views. The park is also home to the rare and elusive mountain gorilla.

On the Ground

Posts from racers on the ground in Rwanda

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