Rwanda

Rwanda

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.

While 38% of the population is Christian, the Christian God is considered synonymous with the traditional Rwandan god, Imana, to many.

Will you share the hope and healing of the Living God with the hurting in Rwanda?

Rwanda

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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.

Basics

Currency:
Rwandan Franc


Language:
Kinyarwanda


Religion:
Roman Catholic 50%
Protestant Christian 44%
Muslim 2%
Other 4%

Explore

The genocide memorial in Kigali is worth going to. It is a very nice educational museum and gives visitors a good understanding of what happened in 1994.

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.

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

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