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Rwanda

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Pronunciation: /ruːˈandə
 
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Definition of Rwanda in English:

A landlocked country in central Africa, to the north of Burundi and the south of Uganda; population 10,746,300 (est. 2009); official languages, Rwanda (a Bantu language) and French; capital, Kigali. Official name Rwandese Republic.

Inhabited largely by Hutu and Tutsi peoples, the area was claimed by Germany from 1890 and after the First World War became part of a Belgian trust territory. Rwanda became independent as a republic in 1962, shortly after the violent overthrow of the Tutsi monarchy by the majority Hutu people. In 1994 over 500,000 people, largely Tutsis, were slaughtered by predominantly Hutu supporters of the government, and over a million fled as refugees into Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo) and neighbouring countries. The Tutsi-dominated Rwandan Patriotic Front took power as the new government

Derivatives

Rwandan

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adjective& noun
Example sentences
  • Though their search for Rwandans soldiers came up empty, U.N. peacekeepers say that there is circumstantial evidence that at some point, Rwandans forces were here.
  • The game was finally restarted, with the result going the Rwandans' way (Mossi's juju keeping the ball from his team's net, despite the assault).
  • In particular he claimed that whole units with equipment had been ‘recruited’ to strengthen the rebel forces now estimated by the Rwandans at about 10,000.

Rwandese

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adjective& noun
Example sentences
  • It's important not just for the Rwandese, but for all humanity.
  • The commemoration should be used by the Rwandese as an occasion for the whole populace to unite and re-dedicate themselves to peaceful co-existence regardless of ethnic affiliation.
  • A Rwandese lady, having discovered Sheila's nationality, felt sorry for Sheila coming from a land ravaged by war for almost 30 years.

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