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By Julius O. Adekunle

Rwanda has been within the information for the genocide of 1994 and its aftermath. This quantity exposes Western readers to the fuller photo of Rwanda. Early eu tourists attested to Rwanda's attractiveness, describing it variously because the Switzerland of Africa and the Pearl of Africa. Rwanda has additionally been known as the Land of one thousand Hills and the Land of Gorillas. The magnificent volcanoes, mountains, and average assets are major resources. The state been ruled through colonial powers, the Germans and Belgians. even with those political upheavals and acts of ethnic violence, Rwanda is still a rustic with wealthy tradition and customs.Readers will research that dwelling jointly in concord has been a part of the Rwandan society, with its few ethnic teams, and standard values supported a tradition of peace. The ordinarily pastoral and agricultural society is overviewed. The bankruptcy on faith comprises dialogue of polytheism to Christianity. different chapters disguise the robust kinfolk and women's roles, the humanities and oral cultures, celebrations, meals, and get dressed.

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Additionally, there are no shrines, temples, sacrifices, or worship to Imana. Rwandans believe that Imana has everything, lacks nothing, and needs ­nothing. Because it was an offense to give to Imana, sacrifices and shrines were made to the ­abazimu (spirits). A strong belief in the afterlife is reflected through ancestor worship ­(guterekera), which is one of the hallmarks of the traditional religions in Rwandan society. The spirits of the ancestors, who could be Christians, are called abazimu.

The killers called themselves interahamwe (those who attack together), and radio propaganda was used to recruit more Hutu. The Tutsi also went on the offensive, killing the Hutu, turning the conflict into a war between the FAR and PRF. Between April and July 1994, approximately 800,000 Hutu and Tutsi had been massacred, thousands had been maimed, and millions had become refugees in Burundi, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zaire. Killed along with Tutsi were moderate Hutu such as Agatha Uwilinguyimana (prime minister) and Joseph Kavaruganda (president of the Supreme Court).

The Europeans introduced the cultivation of cash crops, thereby altering the trade pattern in Rwanda. The Germans and the Belgians turned Rwanda into a primary producer of coffee and tea. In this trade relation, European currency was used, and cash rather than cattle became a symbol of wealth. Colonialism made international trade possible, especially with Rwanda producing coffee and tea. Today, the currency is the Rwandan franc, and because of the unstable economy, the exchange rate has been weak.

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