Twenty years After Genocide, Rwanda Has Become A Model Of Inclusive Healthcare

(AP/Charles Krupa) The rapid recovery of healthcare in […]

The rapid recovery of healthcare in Rwanda since the 1994 genocide has been nothing short of historic. Life expectancy has doubled. Child mortality has fallen by more than two-thirds since 2000. In the past decade, death rates from AIDS and tuberculosis have declined at record speed. Vaccination rates for many diseases surpass those reported in the


Rwanda Orphans School Teaches Unity Post-Genocide

The school tries to bring in Rwanda’s most vulnerable kids, especially those affected by the genocide.

RWAMAGNA, Rwanda (AP) — Most of the kids in a school set amid the lush green, rolling hills of eastern Rwanda don't identify themselves as Hutu or Tutsi. That's a positive sign for Rwanda, which is now observing the 20th anniversary of its genocide, a three-month killing spree that, according to the official Rwandan count, left more than 1


20 Years: Rwanda Genocide Flame Stirs Memories

“This is something that happens every year, an event to help each Rwandan personally remember what happened, and examine the causes … And also to see the path to move forward on.”

  NYARUBUYE, Rwanda (AP) — Rows of human skulls sit in glass cases near the red brick Catholic church here. Some are cracked in half; holes are punched in others. Hundreds of arm and leg bones lie nearby. To the left is a table of tools: rusty shovels, hoes, pipes, and a machete — the weapons of genocide. Down the hill 10 miles (15


Assassins Make Third Attempt On Exiled Rwandan Army Official’s Life

Rwandan President Paul Kagame has long been suspected of sending spies to assassinate exiled officials abroad, but no proof has ever come to light, leaving many to wonder who killed another exiled Rwandan government official in January.

South Africa Rwandan General

South African police have reported another attempt on the life of a former Rwandan army chief of staff who has been living in exile in the country for the past four years. Capt. Paul Ramaloko, a spokesman for the South African police, said Wednesday that Gen. Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa was not injured in the attack on his Johannesburg home on


Ex-Rwanda Intel Chief Has Genocide Trial In Paris

Alain Gauthier, center, a French school teacher and cre […]

Alain Gauthier, center, a French school teacher and creator of the Collective of Civil Plaintiffs for Rwanda, and his wife Dafroza Gauthier, right, arrive at Paris law court for the trial of Pascal Simbikangwa, a 54-year-old former Hutu intelligence chief, who faces charges of complicity in genocide and complicity in war crimes, at Paris law court, Tuesday Feb. 4, 2014. He could face a life sentence if convicted after the seven-week trial. The case has highlighted criticism of France's own reaction to the genocide a generation ago, and its slow exercise of justice after the slaughter of at least 500,000 people over 100 days.(AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)

PARIS (AP) — Rwanda's former intelligence chief faced genocide and war crimes charges Tuesday as his trial began in France for a 1994 killing spree that left at least a half-million people in his nation dead. Pascal Simbikangwa, 54, could face a life sentence if convicted after the seven-week trial — the first in France over Rwanda's


France Holds Up Mirror In Rwanda Genocide Trial

Activists hope the Paris trial will remind French leaders of their role and responsibility in Africa — where French power is felt today in Mali and Central African Republic — and mark the end of an era in which France provided a haven for those who committed atrocities abroad.

Apollan Odetta, a survivor from the 1994 Rwandan Genocide light candles at a mass grave in Nyamata, Rwanda. Two decades after the Rwandan genocide, France is finally opening what critics called its blind eye to justice over the killings.(AP Photo/Sayyid Azim, File)

PARIS (AP) — Through a ground-breaking trial, France is at last coming to terms with its much-criticized response to Rwanda's genocide. Pascal Simbikangwa (Sim-BEE-kangh-wah), a wheelchair-bound Rwandan former intelligence chief, is to appear Tuesday in a Paris court for an expected seven-week trial to face charges of complicity in genocide and