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General Background

Population: 12m
Land Area: 26,338 km sq.
Poverty Ranking: 25
Main Religions: Main Religions: Christian 82.6% (Roman Catholic 56.6%, Protestant 26%); Adventist 11.1%; Muslim 4.6%

*The ‘Poverty Rank’ figure reflects the relative poverty of a country, using the most commonly accepted index: per capital GDP (PPP). Click for further info.

Often referred to as the ‘land of a thousand hills’, Rwanda has a lush climate, fertile soils and is the most densely populated country in Africa. A former Belgian colony, Rwanda gained independence in 1959 but endured significant ethnic strife and civil conflict for the next 35 years – culminating in the 1994 Genocide, which saw around 800,000 people massacred in just 100 days. Reconciliation continues to be a national priority and one in which the church in Rwanda is playing an active role.

CMS Ireland engagement with Rwanda
Recent META visits: 2008, 2010, 2015
Latest Annual Projects: Start Small, Grow Tall (2009)