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Abroad Portrait 72
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"Rising Above"
Rwanda

Between April and June 1994, an estimated 800,000 Rwandans were killed in the space of 100 days—men, women, and children. Out of a population of 7.3 million people—84% of whom were Hutu, 15% Tutsi, and 1% Twa—the official figures published by the Rwandan government estimated the number of victims of the genocide to be 1,174,000 in 100 days (10,000 murdered every day, 400 every hour, 7 every minute). In addition to the staggering death toll, millions of Rwandans were displaced during these three months of terror, especially after the Tutsi-led Rwandese Patriotic Front gained control of the country. Despite its tragic past, Rwanda is a remarkably resilient country. The government and its people continue toward stabilizing and promoting democratization and creating one national identity devoid of ethnic categorization.

"Rising Above"

Rwanda

Between April and June 1994, an estimated 800,000 Rwandans were killed in the space of 100 days—men, women, and children. Out of a population of 7.3 million people—84% of whom were Hutu, 15% Tutsi, and 1% Twa—the official figures published by the Rwandan government estimated the number of victims of the genocide to be 1,174,000 in 100 days (10,000 murdered every day, 400 every hour, 7 every minute). In addition to the staggering death toll, millions of Rwandans were displaced during these three months of terror, especially after the Tutsi-led Rwandese Patriotic Front gained control of the country. Despite its tragic past, Rwanda is a remarkably resilient country. The government and its people continue toward stabilizing and promoting democratization and creating one national identity devoid of ethnic categorization.