Thursday, August 18, 2005


About Rwanda

Rwanda is a country slightly smaller than the state of Maryland. Its more than 8 million people live in mostly rural areas.

In 1959, three years before independence from Belgium, the majority ethnic group, the Hutus, overthrew the ruling Tutsi king. Over the next several years, thousands of Tutsis were killed, and some 150,000 driven into exile in neighboring countries. The children of these exiles later formed a rebel group, the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), and began a civil war in 1990 culminating in April 1994 in the genocide of roughly 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus. The Tutsi rebels defeated the Hutu regime and ended the killing in July 1994.

Despite substantial international assistance and political reforms, the country continues to struggle to boost investment and agricultural output, and ethnic reconciliation is complicated by the real and perceived Tutsi political dominance. Kigali's increasing centralization and intolerance of dissent, the nagging Hutu extremist insurgency across the border, and Rwandan involvement in two wars in recent years in the neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo continue to hinder Rwanda's efforts to escape its bloody legacy. (Source: The World Factbook)

Peter, thank you for your incredible pictures. They are among the most beautiful and touching I've ever seen. Thank all of you for your unbelievable sacrifice and commitment on this journey. I can hardly wait to see what you send next. Please tell the Rwandan women how much they are inspiring women in California.
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