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Background: 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. The war, along with several political and economic upheavals, exacerbated ethnic tensions, culminating in April 1994 in a state-orchestrated genocide, in which Rwandans killed up to a million of their fellow citizens, including approximately three-quarters of the Tutsi population. The genocide ended later that same year when the predominantly Tutsi RPF, operating out of Uganda and northern Rwanda, defeated the national army and Hutu militias, and established an RPF-led government of national unity. Approximately 2 million Hutu refugees - many fearing Tutsi retribution - fled to neighboring Burundi, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zaire. Since then, most of the refugees have returned to Rwanda, but several thousand remained in the neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC; the former Zaire) and formed an extremist insurgency bent on retaking Rwanda, much as the RPF tried in 1990. Rwanda held its first local elections in 1999 and its first post-genocide presidential and legislative elections in 2003. Rwanda in 2009 staged a joint military operation with the Congolese Army in DRC to rout out the Hutu extremist insurgency there and Kigali and Kinshasa restored diplomatic relations. Rwanda also joined the Commonwealth in late 2009.
note: data are in 2010 US dollars
GDP (official exchange rate): $5.693 billion (2010 est.);
GDP - real growth rate: 6% (2010 est.); 4.5% (2009 est.); 11.2% (2008 est.);
GDP - per capita (PPP): $1,100 (2010 est.); $1,000 (2009 est.); $1,000 (2008 est.);
note: data are in 2010 US dollars
GDP - composition by sector: agriculture: 42.1%; industry: 14.3%; services: 43.6% (2010 est.);
Population below poverty line: 60% (2001 est.);
Household income or consumption by percentage share: lowest 10%: 2.1%; highest 10%: 38.2% (2000);
Labor force: 4.446 million (2007);
Labor force - by occupation: agriculture: 90%; industry and services: 10% (2000);
Unemployment rate: NA%;
Budget: revenues: $1.169 billion; expenditures: $1.366 billion (2010 est.);
Industries: cement, agricultural products, small-scale beverages, soap, furniture, shoes, plastic goods, textiles, cigarettes;
Industrial production growth rate: 7.5% (2010 est.);
Electricity - production: 120 million kWh (2007 est.);
Electricity - consumption: 231.6 million kWh (2007 est.);
Electricity - exports: 10 million kWh (2007);
Electricity - imports: 130 million kWh (2007 est.);
Statistics: CIA World Factbook.
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Rachel S. Taylor profiles Gambian jurist Hassan Bubacar, chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.
We review Rwandan coverage of the rancorous elections that returned President Paul Kagame to power.
Driven by the Democratic Republic of Congo's rich resources, fighting continues despite a peace agreement between Congo and Rwanda. Meron Tesfa Michael reports.
Dave Clemens reports on the new peace between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.