Ambassador Vrooman Remarks at the Launch of USAID’s Feed the Future “Nguriza Nshore” Activity

Ambassador Vrooman Remarks at the Launch of USAID’s Feed the Future “Nguriza Nshore” Activity September 20, 2018 Kigali Convention Center Thank you for joining me this morning in launching the U.S. government’s new Feed the Future Nguriza Nshore activity. Our Feed the Future program has promoted agricultural-led economic growth in Rwanda over the past five ...
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U.S.A. Now Accepting Applications for YALI 2019 Mandela Washington Fellowship

The U.S. Government is now accepting applications for the Summer 2019 Mandela Washington Fellowship and invites young Rwandan leaders to apply for this exciting opportunity.  The fellowship will bring 700 of Africa’s most promising young leaders under the age of 35 to top U.S. universities for a six-week academic and leadership institute in one of ...
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Ambassador Vrooman Remarks at the Closing of a Two-Week-Long Shared Accord 2018 Command Post Exercise

On behalf of the U.S. government, the U.S. Embassy, the Department of Defense, and the Department of State, I want to thank you all for participating and making Shared Accord 18 such a rewarding exercise. I also noticed that there are many invited guests, which include many Blue Helmets who have served in UN peacekeeping ...
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Ambassador Vrooman Closes Two-Week-Long Shared Accord 2018 Command Post Exercise

The U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda, Peter Vrooman, was the guest of honor August 28 at the closing ceremony of Shared Accord 2018 at the Rwandan Military Academy in Gako, Rwanda. Ambassador Vrooman was joined by the Rwandan Defence Forces Army Chief of Staff, Lt Gen Jacques Musemakweli, who presided over the closing ceremony of the ...
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“Shared Accord” Multilateral Exercises Boost Peacekeeping Preparedness

Gako, RWANDA – Nearly 200 participants from 15 nations and three international organizations gathered for the U.S. Army Africa-led exercise Shared Accord 2018 at the Rwandan Military Academy August 14-30, 2018.   “This exercise will help enhance participant understanding of the U.N. conduct of peace operations,” Maj. Gen. Innocent Kabandana, Rwanda Defense Force exercise co-director ...
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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali

Location:  Rwanda Event:  The Democratic Republic of the Congo reports an outbreak of the Ebola virus in the Province of North Kivu, which borders western Rwanda.  As of August 1, the DRC Ministry of Health reported 26 cases of fever with hemorrhagic signs, four of which have been confirmed positive for Ebola virus, and including 20 deaths. Ebola is ...
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Secretary of State Michael Pompeo on Rwanda National Day

On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I am honored to congratulate the people of Rwanda as they celebrate their nation’s independence on July 1 and their Liberation Day on July 4. Our two countries have long enjoyed a strong partnership based on a shared commitment to promoting peace and prosperity ...
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2018 Trafficking in Persons Report

Every year our report focuses on a specific thing.This year’s report focuses on effective ways local communities can address human trafficking proactively and on how national governments can support and empower them. Local communities are the most affected by this abhorrent crime and are also the first line of defense against human trafficking. By engaging ...
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Twelve Young Rwandan Leaders Left Kigali to Participate in the Fifth YALI Fellowship

The U.S. Embassy is proud to announce that twelve dynamic and experienced young Rwandans departed Kigali today to attend the fifth Young African Leadership Initiative  Mandela Washington Fellowship.  They will join  700 other young African leaders for a six- week program, and will be hosted by 12 prestigious U.S. universities, followed by a conference in ...
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Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali

Location: Ngoma, Kirehe, and Kyonza Districts, East Province, Rwanda Event: The U.S. Embassy in Kigali wishes to inform American citizens that the Rwandan Ministry of Agriculture has recently confirmed an outbreak of Rift Valley Fever (RVF) in cattle in three districts of East Province: Ngoma, Kirehe, and Kyonza. RVF is a viral disease that primarily ...
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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali: June 4, 2018

Location:  Kigali International Airport and all land borders between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Kigali wishes to advise American citizens that, following a reported outbreak of Ebola virus in a remote northwestern province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Rwandan authorities are conducting routine screenings of ...
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2017 International Religious Freedom Report

The annual Report to Congress on International Religious Freedom – the International Religious Freedom Report – describes the status of religious freedom in every country. The report covers government policies violating religious belief and practices of groups, religious denominations and individuals, and U.S. policies to promote religious freedom around the world. The U.S. Department of ...
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USAID Launches Hinga Weze – A New 28 Billion RWF Agricultural Growth Project

Nyamata—On April 26th, 2018 the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) launched a new 28 Billion RWF project to support agricultural growth and resiliency across Rwanda. The project, called Feed the Future Rwanda Hinga Weze, will be implemented over five years in 10 districts across Rwanda. Hinga Weze will work directly with over 200,000 ...
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2017 Human Rights Country Reports

The annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices – the Human Rights Reports – cover internationally recognized individual, civil, political, and worker rights, as set forth in the  Universal Declaration of Human Rights  and other international agreements. The U.S. Department of State submits reports on all countries receiving assistance and all United Nations member states to the U.S. Congress in ...
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Commemoration of the 24th Anniversary of the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda

Press Statement John J. Sullivan Acting Secretary of State Washington, DC April 7, 2018. We stand today with the people of Rwanda in commemorating the 1994 genocide during which more than 800,000 men, women, and children were brutally murdered. On this solemn occasion, we remember those who lost their lives and honor the courage of ...
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Notice of Funding Opportunity

The U.S. Embassy in Kigali and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs (EB) announce an open competition for organizations to submit applications to strengthen the capacity of civil society organizations (CSOs) and Rwandan citizens to actively engage in the government budget process and advocate for improved fiscal transparency.  Please find ...
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U.S. Embassy Honors Three Rwandan Women of Courage

As part of Women’s History Month, on March 23, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Richard Michaels honored three Rwandan women at an event at the U.S. Embassy.  The three women, selected from over one thousand nominations submitted by U.S. Embassy Kigali’s 40,085 Facebook fans, were recognized with the Embassy’s fourth annual Rwandan Women of Courage award for ...
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2018 International Women of Courage Award Recipients Announced

Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan to Honor Awardees on March 23; Special Remarks by First Lady of the United States Melania Trump On Friday, March 23, Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan will host the annual International Women of Courage (IWOC) Awards at the U.S. Department of State to honor 10 extraordinary ...
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Tillerson: ‘Africa is the future’

On the eve of his first official visit to sub-Saharan Africa, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson laid out a new framework for U.S.-Africa relations that will help lead Africa to a “place of prosperity and freedom in the 21st century.” Tillerson will visit five countries — Chad, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Nigeria — during his ...
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2019-2020 Fulbright African Research Scholar Program (ARSP)

The U.S. Embassy Kigali is pleased to announce the call for applications for the 2019-2020 Fulbright African Research Scholar Program (ARSP), a program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES). PROGRAM INFORMATION: Two categories of grants are offered in ...
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Call for Application: 2019 Fulbright Foreign Student Program

The U.S. Embassy Kigali is pleased to announce the annual competition for the Fulbright Foreign Student Program, the largest Fulbright program, designed primarily to strengthen African universities through higher degree training (Master’s degree).  Although core Fulbright Exchanges are with universities, candidates who are affiliated with other educational, cultural, or professional institutions may apply. Interested applicants ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Erica Barks-Ruggles at MindLeaps Girls Lead Performance

Mwiriwe! Good Afternoon! Thank you, ladies, for your beautiful and moving performances and speeches. Let’s give them another round of applause. And thank you Sifa, Solange, and Hasha for sharing with us your remarkable testimonies. Your ability to overcome the difficulties you have faced, and how you found hope and the resilience to reach for ...
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Call for Applications for 2018 Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (Fulbright TEA)

The U.S. Embassy Kigali is pleased to announce the 2018 competition for the Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (Fulbright TEA), a program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), administered by the International Research & Exchanges (IREX). Fulbright TEA brings international teachers to the United States for a six-week program ...
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Nomination for the Fourth Rwanda Woman of Courage Award

The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce that nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 Rwanda Woman of Courage Award. This annual award recognizes women from around the country who have demonstrated exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for peace, justice, human rights, gender equality, and women’s empowerment in Rwanda. The first U.S. Embassy ...
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U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda visited a U.S. Government-funded Project to combat Malnutrition

U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda Erica J. Barks-Ruggles visited Ruvugizo Village in Kinazi sector in Huye on December 5 to promote U.S. government-funded activities to combat malnutrition.  During her visit, the Ambassador observed Growth Monitoring Promotion activities conducted at the village level along with Positive Deviance Hearth activities, which focus on identifying good behaviors practiced by ...
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World AIDS Day: Increasing Impact through Transparency, Accountability and Partnerships

Op-Ed By Erica Barks-Ruggles, U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda. In celebration of World AIDS Day, I can say with confidence and pride that by working together we have the ability to control the HIV epidemic in Rwanda by 2020. This last mile, however, is going to take even greater leadership, unwavering commitment, and our collective focus ...
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World AIDS Day and Tour du Rwanda Concert: Chargé d’Affaires Rich Michaels Remarks

Muraho!  Amakuru?? Abajeunes mumeze fresh?? How is everyone feeling tonight?  Are you excited to see some more great performances?  A big thanks to all our partners for being here since early this morning to provide you free health services and information.  How many of you have visited the various health booths here today?  Let’s give ...
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Opening Remarks for Ambassador Barks-Ruggles; World AIDS Day Journalist Briefing

Mwaramutse.  Good morning.  I’d like to start by thanking all of you for joining us here today as we gear up to recognize World AIDS Day on December 1st.  I am always happy to talk about the great partnership the U.S. Embassy has with Rwanda to end the HIV epidemic; particularly our work with the ...
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Important Notice Regarding the 2019 Diversity Visa Lottery

Due to a technical issue, the current registration period for Diversity Visa-2019 is being extended to Wednesday, November 22, 2017, and all enrollments made prior to October 18, 2017, must be resubmitted. Applicants who entered the 2019 Diversity Visa Lottery before Wednesday, October 18, 2017, will NOT be considered and MUST submit another entry prior ...
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Promoting Economic Development through the Ambassador’s Small Grants (ASG) Program.

On Friday, September 29, the U.S. Embassy in Kigali awarded four grants to cooperatives in Rwanda totaling $50,000 (42 million RWF).  These grants, made possible by the U.S. Department of State Ambassador’s Small Grants (ASG) Program, aim to support projects that boost entrepreneurship, economic development, and employment at the community level. This year’s grantees are ...
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U.S. Government Contributes 42 million RWF for Emergency Rain Damage Relief

On September 30th, 2017, the United States Ambassador to Rwanda Erica Barks-Ruggles authorized over 42 million RWF for immediate emergency response to destruction caused by September’s heavy rain storms. The relief funds will aid families whose needs were identified by the Government of Rwanda’s Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs (MIDIMAR). The aid was ...
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DCM’s Remarks for Indego Africa Graduation Ceremony

Honorable Minister of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs for the Republic of Rwanda, Jeanne d’Arc De Bonheur Ladies and Gentlemen; all protocols observed – Good morning.  Mwaramutse. I am here today to honor the 50 graduates of the Indego Africa program that the U.S. Embassy had the privilege to support through our Julia Taft Fund.  ...
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U.S.-African Partnerships: Advancing Common Interests

Introduction Good morning. Thank you President Lindborg for your very kind and generous introduction. To you and to Ambassador Carson I am grateful for the invitation to participate in this important and timely symposium. It is always a pleasure to cross 23rd street and leave behind the 1950s federal architecture of the State Department for the ...
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CDC is celebrating 15 years in Rwanda

This year we celebrate 15 years of CDC’s work in Rwanda. During the early years, HIV disease surveillance was the cornerstone of CDC’s service mission to the Rwandan government. Over time CDC-Rwanda’s commitment and dedication to improving HIV disease surveillance made a positive impact on HIV/AIDS care and treatment. Read more: http://bit.ly/CDCinRwanda    
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Ambassador Barks-Ruggles Remarks for American Corner Kigali at AUCA Official Opening

Ambassador Barks-Ruggles Remarks for American Corner Kigali at AUCA Official Opening Tuesday, August 29, 2017 @ 12:00 Rector Dr. Benson, Vice Rector Dr. Claver, representatives of the Ministry of Education and the Rwanda Education Board, ladies and gentlemen, I am delighted to have the opportunity to officially open the American Corner Kigali at Adventist University ...
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2016 International Religious Freedom Report

America’s promotion of international religious freedom demands standing up for the rights of the world’s most vulnerable populations.   The annual Report to Congress on International Religious Freedom – the International Religious Freedom Report – describes the status of religious freedom in every country. The report covers government policies violating religious belief and practices of ...
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Ambassador Erica J. Barks-Ruggles Independence Day Speech

Good evening – Mwiriwe! Thank you for joining us this evening to celebrate the 241st anniversary of the Independence of the United States of America.   I want to especially thank our guest of honor, The Honorable Minister Francois Kanimba for joining us in our celebrations this evening. Minister of Trade and East African Affairs, Hon. ...
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Fifteen Rwandan Leaders selected for the fourth YALI Mandela Washington Fellowship

The U.S. Embassy is proud to announce that 15 dynamic and experienced young Rwandans, have been invited to participate in the fourth annual Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) Mandela Washington Fellowship. The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative. It is composed of academic coursework, leadership training, and networking. ...
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U.S. Ambassador hosted an interfaith Iftar to observe Ramadan

On June 6, U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda Erica J. Barks-Ruggles,  hosted an interfaith Iftar to observe Ramadan and honor the Muslim community in Rwanda. Around 120 guests representing prominent members of the Muslim community, other religious, government, and civil society leaders, and Embassy staff responded to the invitation. Deputy Mufti Sheikh Swaleh Nshimiyimana was the ...
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USAID Launches a 17.2 Billion RWF Program to Boost Youth Employment

On June 13th, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) launched a 17.2 billion Rwandan Franc initiative, called Huguka Dukore, to train 40,000 Rwandan youth in workforce readiness skills by 2021. USAID hosted a launch event for Huguka Dukore at the Kimisagara Youth Empowerment for Global Opportunities (YEGO) Center in Kigali, Rwanda. Attendees included Government ...
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Statement by Secretary Tillerson: On the Occasion of Ramadan

On behalf of the United States Department of State, Renda and I sincerely wish Muslims around the world a peaceful and blessed Ramadan. Ramadan is a month of reverence, generosity, and self-reflection.  Most importantly, it is a cherished time for family and friends to gather and give charity to those who are less fortunate.  This time ...
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Ambassador’s Small Grants (ASG) Program

The U.S. Embassy in Kigali is pleased to announce an open competition for assistance awards through a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO).  The Ambassador’s Small Grants program (ASG) provides one-time small grants to improve basic economic or social conditions at the local community by funding the expansion of an existing project or activity.  The ASG ...
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Secretary’s Remarks: World Press Freedom Day

Secretary’s Remarks: World Press Freedom Day Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC May 3, 2017 Today, on World Press Freedom Day, we reaffirm our commitment to promoting the fundamental principles of a free press around the world. We honor those men and women who work tirelessly, often at great personal risk, to tell the stories we would ...
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World Malaria Day Op-Ed: Ending Malaria is a Sound Investment

              Today is World Malaria Day, a time to celebrate all of the progress we’ve made in fighting this deadly disease, and an opportunity to recommit ourselves to eliminating it once and for all. Since 2000, the global fight against malaria has taken a truly historic turn. The World ...
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U.S. Embassy in Kigali Remembers 26 Employees

Employees of the U.S. Embassy in Kigali held a memorial ceremony to honor 26 Mission employees who lost their lives during the genocide. Over 200 people participated in the event, including employees from the U.S. Department of State, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Department of Defense and ...
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U.S. Embassy Kigali interview with Diane Kayiteta Kayitare

One on one Interview with Diane Kayiteta Kayitare as U.S. Embassy Kigali remembers the 26 U.S. Mission employees who lost their lives during the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda (https://rw.usembassy.gov/employees-remember/ ). Diane Kayiteta Kayitare is a surviving daughter of a former Mission employee, victim of the Genocide.
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Commemoration of the 23rd Anniversary of the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC April 7, 2017 On this solemn day, the United States stands side-by-side with the Rwandan people in remembrance of the more than 800,000 men, women, and children killed in the 1994 Rwandan genocide. We bow our heads honoring those who suffered and the family members ...
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U.S. Embassy Honors Three Rwandan Women of Courage

On March 22, U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda Erica J. Barks-Ruggles honored three Rwandan women at an event held at her residence to celebrate Women’s History Month.  The three women, selected from nominations submitted by U.S. Embassy Kigali’s 40,085 Facebook fans, were recognized with the Embassy’s third annual Rwandan Women of Courage awards for their exceptional ...
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Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2016 – Rwanda

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY         Rwanda is a constitutional republic dominated by a strong presidency. The ruling Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) led a governing coalition that included four smaller parties. In 2010 voters elected President Paul Kagame to a second seven-year term with 93 percent of the vote. Three other registered political parties participated in the presidential election. ...
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Rwanda’s National Center for Blood Transfusion Attains International Standards 

On February 10th, 2017 at a ceremony co-officiated by U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda, Erica Barks-Ruggles; Hon. Minister for Health, Dr. Diane Gashumba; and Africa Society of Blood Transfusion (AfSBT) President of the Board of Governors, Dr. Gabriel Muyinda; Rwanda’s National Center for Blood Transfusion (NCBT) has awarded the highest – Level 3 – international standards ...
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USAID Invests Over 68 Billion Rwf to support Kinyarwanda literacy

KIGALI – On February 16, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) held a launch event at Groupe Scolaire Kinyinya to highlight the U.S. government’s Early Grade Reading Project, which aims to improve the Kinyarwanda reading skills of one million children over the next four years. The Early Grade Reading Project is implemented in ...
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Handover ceremony of the AMEP Medical Modeling and Simulation Project

Ambassador Barks-Ruggles, Erica’ speech on the Handover ceremony of the Africa Military Education Program (AMEP) Medical Modeling and Simulation Project. Tuesday, February 7th, 2016 Rwanda Military Hospital, Kanombe ———————————————- Good morning!  All protocols observed.  Thank you for making this Medical Modeling and Simulation (MMS) center a huge success.  This project represents our strong partnership in supporting peacekeeping.  ...
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Recognizing Rwandan Women of Courage

Announcement:  International Women’s Day is approaching and the U.S. Embassy wants to hear about your heroes! Please send us a Facebook message or e-mail to KigaliPublicAffairs@state.gov by February 28 telling us about a Rwandan woman who inspires you by her courage and commitment to make her community a better place.  She could be a teacher, doctor, ...
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Trump honors African Americans

February is National African American History Month. President Trump issued the following proclamation to commemorate the role African Americans have played in U.S. history: NATIONAL AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH, 2017 – – – – – – – BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION As we celebrate National African American History ...
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Learn about Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

By Christopher Connell –  Feb 1, 2017 Rex Tillerson, a globe-trotting oil executive and engineer, is the new U.S. secretary of state and chief foreign affairs adviser to President Trump. He was confirmed February 1 as the 69th secretary of state, a position first held by Thomas Jefferson and most recently by John Kerry. Five predecessors won ...
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Funding Opportunity – Promoting the Human Rights of Women and Girls, Persons With Disabilities, and LGBTI

Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO): Promoting the Human Rights of Women and Girls, Persons With Disabilities, and LGBTI Persons  The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL) announces an open competition for organizations interested in submitting applications for a program that will advance an integrated, intersectional ...
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On World AIDS Day:  Leadership, Commitment, Impact

Today, December 1, in celebration of World AIDS Day, I can say with confidence and pride that by working together we have the ability to end AIDS in Rwanda.  This last mile, however, is going to take even greater leadership, unwavering commitment, and our collective focus to ensure every dollar invested in the fight against ...
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Impact Story: PEPFAR PMTCT Case Study

Jacqueline is an HIV-positive Rwandan woman who is married with three children – all HIV free. However, this is not Jacqueline’s first family.  When she was still in secondary school, she married and gave birth to two children.  After a few years, both children died, followed by their father.  Jacqueline was devastated to have lost her ...
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28th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol

Remarks by SecretaryJohn  Kerry at the Plenary of the 28th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol Convention Center, Kigali, Rwanda October 14, 2016 SECRETARY KERRY: Well, good afternoon everybody. I want to begin by thanking the president of this Meeting of the Parties, Minister Biruta, and the Government of Rwanda for the terrific job ...
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2016 YALI Fellows Share Their Experience of America

Rwanda’s Young Leaders Share Their Experience of America Kigali – October 13, 2016 U.S. Embassy Kigali is pleased to share the stories of promising young Rwandans who recently returned from the 2016 Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Mandela Washington Fellowship.  Applications are currently open for young Rwandans interested in participating in the Summer 2017 Fellowship. ...
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Secretary of State Kerry to Travel to Rwanda

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Kigali, Rwanda , from October 13-14, 2016, to join EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and others in striving to achieve U.S. climate and environmental goals at the upcoming Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol. The Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer is widely regarded to be one of the ...
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Agriculture Land Information System Launch

Ambassador Erica J. Barks-Ruggles speech at the Agriculture Land Information System Launch October 11, 2016, 1:30-3:10 PM Hotel des Milles Collines, Kigali, Rwanda Honorable Minister of State in Charge of Agriculture, Fulgence Nsengiyumva, CEO of Rwanda Agriculture Board, Bill Kayonga, CEO of Private Sector Federation, Mr. Stephen Ruzibiza, Acting Head of Investment Promotion for the ...
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2014 YALI Fellows Share Their Experience of America

 Marcel Mutsindashyaka My name is Marcel Mutsindashyaka, at 25 I am the founder and CEO of UMUSEKE IT LTD, a media and IT company running the second most popular news website in Rwanda, known as www.umuseke.com . I am survivor of the genocide of 1994 against Tutsis and orphan since then. Knowing that media was one ...
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2015 YALI Fellows Share Their Experience of America

 Jean Paulin Mutatsineza has two  years’ experience in educational  NGO management, and is both a  project manager and board member  of Rwanda Education Assistance  Program, an NGO that is dedicated  to enhancing educational and  vocational opportunities for  vulnerable youth in rural public  schools in Rwanda. Jean Paulin has  initiated and successfully managed  various projects including ...
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Julia Taft Refugee Grant

Julia Taft Refugee Grant The U.S. Embassy awarded a $25,000 grant to support vocational and business training for female refugees in the Mahama Refugee Camp in Eastern Province, Rwanda. The grant is made possible by the U.S. Department of State Julia Taft Refugee Fund and will be implemented by the non-profit organization Indego Africa. Through ...
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Ambassador’s Remarks for the Special Self Help Fund Grant Signing

Good afternoon. Thank you for joining me here today for the Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Fund Grant Signing Ceremony .  I want to thank Mr. Apollo Munanura, Director General for the Rwanda Cooperative Agency for being here today.  I am excited to join with you as we welcome nine (9) new cooperatives to the list of 171 Self-Help grant recipients since 1999.  These ...
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Special Self-Help Fund Grant Signing Ceremony

On Tuesday, September 20, the U.S. Embassy awarded nine grants to cooperatives in Rwanda totaling $50,000 (40 million RWF).  These grants, made possible by the U.S. Department of State Ambassador’s Special Self-Help (SSH) Fund, aim to support projects that are initiated at the community level, encourage community participation, and improve living conditions in the community. ...
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The new African-American History Museum [video]

The National Museum of African American History and Culture will open September 24 in Washington, but wherever you are, you can take a look now. The newest addition to the Smithsonian Institution has nearly 3,000 objects and 12 exhibitions, along with 183 videos, to tell the story of America through the African-American lens. President Obama will deliver remarks at the dedication ceremony. He ...
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5th Annual “Everybody Reads Rwanda” Campaign

The U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda Launches the 5th Annual “Everybody Reads Rwanda” Initiative   On September 15, 2016, U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda Erica Barks-Ruggles launched the Embassy’s 5th Annual Everybody Reads Rwanda Campaign.  On hand for the campaign launch was Ministry of Education Director of Cross-Cutting Programs Sylvie Uwimbabazi, U.S. Embassy officials, educators, civil society ...
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Deputy Chief of Mission Matthew Roth

Matthew Roth arrived in Kigali, Rwanda as Deputy Chief of Mission in August 2016.  He was most recently the Chair for Diplomatic Studies at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.  In this role he advised the Commandant on foreign policy and taught courses on national security and international affairs.  ...
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New Peace Corps Volunteers Sworn In for Rwanda’s First 1000 Days Initiative

Kigali – U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda Erica Barks-Ruggles swore in 26 new Peace Corps Volunteers today at her residence in Kacyiru. These Volunteers will work in Rwanda’s health sector,  becoming part of the Rwandan Government’sFirst 1000 Days Initiative.  Following today’s ceremony, the Volunteers will travel outside of Kigali to the villages and health centers in ...
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Ambassador Erica J. Barks-Ruggles Independence Day Speech, July 8, 2016

Permanent Secretary, Ambassador Janine Kambanda– thank you for joining us this evening to celebrate the 240th anniversary of the Independence of the United States of America.  Thank you also to all the other members of the Rwandan government in attendance tonight: Minister of Trade and Industry, Francois Kanimba Minister of State in the Ministry of ...
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Letter From Secretary Kerry about the Trafficking in Persons Report 2016 (June 30, 2016)

Dear Reader: If there is a single theme to this year’s Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, it is the conviction that there is nothing inevitable about trafficking in human beings. That conviction is where the process of change really begins—with the realization that just because a certain abuse has taken place in the past doesn’t ...
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Ambassador’s Remarks on the Inauguration Ceremony for Kivuwatt Power Plant

Your Excellency Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda; Honorable Minister of Infrastructure James Musoni; President and CEO of ContourGlobal Joseph Brandt; Country Director of ContourGlobal Jarmo Gummerus Governor of Western Province Caritas Mukandasira Mayor of Karongi District Francois Ndayisaba Local Officials, Distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, all Protocols Observed. I am very honored ...
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Secretary Kerry’s remarks on the 2015 Country Reports on Human Rights

John Kerry Press Briefing Room Washington, DC SECRETARY KERRY: Good afternoon, everybody. Thanks for being here. I’m going to make a statement and I have to run from here to an NSC meeting on a number of issues, so forgive me if I dash out of here. I’m not trying to avoid you, but Tom ...
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Ambassador Erica Barks-Ruggles Remarks for the 22nd Genocide Commemoration at the U.S. Embassy

Mwiriwe (Good Afternoon). Director General of the Research and Documentation Center on the Genocide at the National Commission for the Fight against the Genocide, Dr. Jean Damascene Gasanabo, Representative of the Ibuka Association, Second Vice President Freddy Mutanguha, Survivor orphans, Widows, Relatives, Friends of our fallen colleagues, U.S. Embassy colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen I am ...
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U.S. Mission in Kigali Remembers

The local employees’ association of the U.S. Mission in Kigali held a memorial ceremony on Wednesday, April 13 and a Walk to Remember on Friday, April 15 to honor the 25 Mission employees who lost their lives during the 1994 genocide. Rwandan employees of the U.S. Department of State, USAID, Centers for Disease Control (CDC), ...
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Statement by John Kerry: Commemoration of the 22nd Anniversary of the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda

Commemoration of the 22nd Anniversary of the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda We stand today with the people of Rwanda in paying tribute to the more than 800,000 men, women, and children who were savagely murdered in the Rwandan genocide twenty-two years ago. We grieve for those innocent lives lost, for the families and friends who ...
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Statement by the President on the 22nd Anniversary of the Genocide in Rwanda

Statement by the President on the 22nd Anniversary of the Genocide in Rwanda Twenty-two years after the genocide, we stand with the people of Rwanda to commemorate the more than 800,000 men, women, and children whose lives were lost during 100 days of unspeakable violence. We honor not just the victims but also those who ...
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Yellow Fever Vaccination Required for Entry into Rwanda

The U.S. Embassy in Kigali wishes to remind travelers to Rwanda that proof of yellow fever vaccination is required for entry. Due to a recent yellow fever outbreak in Angola, Rwandan immigration officials now require un-vaccinated air travelers  over the age of one year to obtain a vaccine upon entry at the airport (cost $40 ...
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U.S. Ambassador Announces USD $19,970 Grant to Promote STEM Education; Mentorship for Rwandan Girls

U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda Erica J. Barks-Ruggles today announced the award of a $19,970 grant to support mentorship and opportunities for adolescent girls to explore careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The grant, made possible through the U.S. Department of State’s Mission Driven Alumni Outreach fund, will be implemented by Rwandan alumnae of ...
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U.S. Ambassador’s Remarks at the Inauguration Ceremony for Culligan International’s Nzove Water Treatment Plant

Your Excellency Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda, Honorable Minister of Finance Ambassador Claver Gatete Honorable Minister of Infrastructure James Musoni WASAC CEO James Sano Culligan East Africa and Central Asia (EACA) CEO Beyhan Nakiboglu and Senior Vice President Laurence Bower Distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, all Protocols Observed. I am very honored ...
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U.S. Ambassador Honors Rwandan Women of Courage on International Women’s Day

U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda Erica J. Barks-Ruggles honored three Rwandan women today at a tea held at the U.S. Embassy to celebrate International Women’s Day.  The women were chosen from nominations submitted by U.S. Embassy Kigali’s 33,000 Facebook fans to receive the Embassy’s 2016 Rwandan Women of Courage award for their inspiring example of leadership ...
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Possible Demonstrations in Democratic Republic of the Congo

Embassy Kigali is repeating the security message issued by Embassy Kinshasa on February 12, 2016. The U.S. Embassy has received reports that opposition groups have called for a non-confrontational “ville morte” (general strike) on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 throughout the country. Opposition groups are concerned about the possible delay of national elections scheduled to be held ...
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Statement From U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker on Visit to Rwanda

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today made the following statement about her visit to Rwanda, which is taking place from January 27-28, 2016. “Today I am joined in Kigali by the group of senior executives who comprise the President’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa. Their charge is to provide recommendations to President ...
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Reaction to Rwandan President’s Decision To Run for Third Term

Press Statement John Kirby Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs Washington, DC January 2, 2016 The United States is deeply disappointed that President Paul Kagame has announced his intention to run for a third term in office. With this decision, President Kagame ignores an historic opportunity to reinforce and solidify the democratic institutions the Rwandan people ...
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Statement by NSC Spokesperson Ned Price on Rwandan Constitutional Referendum

The United States is disappointed that a referendum was called on short notice to amend the Rwandan constitution and introduce exceptions to term limits. While we commend the people of Rwanda for peacefully exercising their civic rights, we regret that the arrangements for the referendum failed to provide sufficient time and opportunity for political debate ...
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Statement by Secretary Kerry on World AIDS Day 2015

Statement by Secretary Kerry on World AIDS Day 2015 On World AIDS Day, we recognize the millions of people impacted by HIV/AIDS – the lives lost and the families forever torn apart by this disease. We also acknowledge the heroic and life-saving work of partners from governments, the private sector, civil society, and faith-based organizations ...
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Extra Visa Pages for U.S. Passports No Longer Issued Effective January 1, 2016

Beginning January 1, 2016, the U.S. Embassy in Kigali, Rwanda will no longer add visa pages into U.S. passports, in compliance with worldwide Department of State policy as announced on travel.state.gov .  Previously, U.S. passport holders had the option to pay for the insertion of additional visa inserts when valid passports lacked adequate space for entry or exit ...
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Statement by Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, on Violence and Disturbing Rhetoric in Burundi

The United States is alarmed by the escalating violence in Burundi and dangerous, irresponsible rhetoric on the part of the government, loyalist militias, violent anti-government forces and criminal elements. The United States will support the region and our partners in the international community so that those who commit or incite violence are held accountable. We are ...
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Ambassador’s Welcoming Speech for iPAD Opening Ceremony

Honorable Minister of Infrastructure James Musoni, Jean Bosco Mugiraneza, CEO of Rwanda Energy Group, Zelda Weitz, Chief Operating Officer for Symbion Power, USA, fellow diplomatic colleagues, distinguished guests, Good Morning.   Mwaramutse and Karibu!  As I know I will have forgotten someone I would like to lean on my favorite phrase here in Rwanda – All ...
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Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch remarks at the 84th Interpol General Assembly, Kigali, Rwanda

Thank you, President [Mireille] Ballestrazzi, for that kind introduction – and for your tireless work to foster greater cooperation among the world’s law enforcement agencies.  Thank you also to Secretary General [Jürgen] Stock for your leadership at Interpol (International Criminal Police Organization) and your dedication to justice.  My thanks as well to my colleagues from ...
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Immigrant Visa Processing Returns to Kigali

The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce that as of October 1, 2015, immigrant visa cases for residents of Rwanda will be processed from the Embassy in Kigali. Beneficiaries of immigrant visa petitions and winners of the Diversity Visa Lottery who reside in Rwanda will no longer be required to travel to Nairobi for visa ...
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STATEMENT BY SECRETARY KERRY

On Eid al-Adha Teresa and I extend our best wishes to Muslims around the world for a blessed Eid al-Adha.  We congratulate the nearly three million Muslims – including thousands of Americans – who are performing Hajj this year in fulfillment of one of the fundamental pillars of their faith. Eid al-Adha is a special ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens on the Border with Democratic Republic of Congo: Possible Demonstrations on Tuesday, September 15

Embassy Kigali is repeating the below security message issued by Embassy Kinshasa on September 14, 2015, regarding possible protest activity in Goma and Bukavu.  The U.S. Embassy has received reports that anti-government demonstrations are being planned for the morning of September 15, 2015.  The demonstration may take place in the vicinity of Sainte Therese, a ...
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South African Entry Regulations for Children

The U.S. Embassy in Kigali, Rwanda informs U.S. citizens who intend to travel to South Africa about immigration regulations concerning the entry and exit of children from South Africa, which went into effect on June 1, 2015.  All travelers should visit the South African Department of Home Affairs website and check the latest requirements with the nearest South African embassy or consulate ...
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Constitutional Reform Commission

Constitutional Reform Commission Press Statement John Kirby Department Spokesperson Washington, DC September 4, 2015 The United States notes with concern the decision by Rwanda’s Parliament and President Paul Kagame to establish a Constitutional Reform Commission that may amend or remove executive term limits and permit President Kagame to seek a third term in 2017. We ...
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U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation to Provide Training for Conservation Efforts at Nyamata Genocide Memorial

The U.S. Embassy is proud to announce the award of a USD $87,000 (approximately 63.5 million RWF) grant from the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation to the National Commission for the Fight against Genocide (CNLG). This grant will provide training to local Rwandan experts in artifact and structural conservation at Nyamata genocide memorial.  While ...
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Urgent Need for Political Dialogue in Burundi

Press Statement John Kirby Department Spokesperson Washington, DC August 20, 2015 Today’s inauguration in Burundi demonstrates the ruling party’s intent to ignore the voices of its people in pursuit of its own political agenda.  An inauguration – without a government that represents the population’s many political voices and without a comprehensive and inclusive dialogue – ...
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International Envoys Call for Restraint and Urge Resumption of Dialogue in Burundi

Nairobi, 12 August 2015 – The ongoing political impasse and instability in Burundi call for restraint, leadership, and vision from all concerned citizens of Burundi to prevent further violence. We condemn the recent attacks and commend those calling for calm. Following months of unrest and the controversial electoral process, the Burundian government can begin to ...
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Announcement of the Return of the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program in Rwanda

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden and United Nations World Food Program (WFP) World Food Program Regional Director Valerie Guarnieri, announced an award for future partnership to provide food-aid in Rwandan schools.  The award signing was witnessed by United States Ambassador Erica Barks-Ruggles and the Rwandan Minister of Agriculture Gerardine Mukeshimana. ...
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Statement by Ambassador Erica J. Barks-Ruggles on U.S. Independence Day

Ambassador Erica J. Barks-Ruggles Independence Day Speech, July 9, 2015 Minister Mushikiwabo – thank you for joining us this evening to celebrate the 239th anniversary of the Independence of the United States of America. Honorable Ministers, Members of Parliament, Permanent Secretaries, other colleagues from the Government of Rwanda, fellow members of the diplomatic corps, leaders ...
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Statement by Secretary Kerry on Ramadan

On behalf of the U.S. Department of State, Teresa and I wish all Muslims a happy and blessed Ramadan. Ramadan is a season for heightened reflection, worship, compassion, and community. For Muslims everywhere, this special month provides spiritual nourishment and reinforces appreciation for the universal value — and values — of humanity. It is also ...
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U.S. Embassy Concerned by Indefinite Suspension of BBC Kinyarwanda Service

U.S. Embassy Kigali June 6, 2015 The United States Embassy shares the disappointment of the United Kingdom and the European Union Heads of Mission in Rwanda regarding the decision to extend the suspension of BBC’s Kinyarwanda service indefinitely. As President Obama stated in April 2014, “the Rwandan genocide was neither an accident nor unavoidable.  It ...
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VOA Boosts Broadcasts to Burundi as Civilians Flee Political Violence

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 11, 2015 –Voice of America today began boosting broadcasts to Burundi where at least 14 people have been killed and more than 200 injured in protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza running for a third term. VOA has additional shortwave and FM broadcasts in Kirundi, Kinyarwanda, Kiswahili, French, and English with an expanded ...
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U.S. to partner with the Ministry of Internal Security on Police Peacekeeping

Ambassador of the United States, Erica Barks-Ruggles, and Minister of Internal Security, Sheikh Mussa Fazil Harerimana, today signed a Letter of Agreement for partnership on police peacekeeping. Under this agreement, the United States will provide Rwanda with training and other support for Rwandan National Police forces deploying to United Nations and regional peacekeeping operations around ...
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U.S. Ambassador Honors Rwandan Women of Courage

U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda Erica J. Barks-Ruggles honored four Rwandan women today at an event held at her home to celebrate Women’s History Month.  The women, selected from nominations submitted by U.S. Embassy Kigali’s 20,000 Facebook fans, were recognized with the Embassy’s first-ever Rwandan Women of Courage awards for their exceptional service and leadership. “The ...
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The United States Renews Commitment to Rwanda’s People with $108 Million in Assistance

Kigali – The United States officially renewed its commitment to the Rwandan people by  providing  over $108 million of development assistance in late December 2014 to fund ongoing and new development projects. These funds, implemented through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), will continue the United States’ work to accelerate Rwanda’s progress to ...
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Welcoming the Start of Military Operations Against the FDLR

Press Statement Jen Psaki Department Spokesperson Washington, DC The United States welcomes the announcement by the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) of the start of military operations against the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), an armed group that has inflicted immeasurable suffering on the civilian population of eastern ...
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10 Years of PEPFAR in Rwanda

PEPFAR Success Story RWANDA NATIONAL CENTER FOR BLOOD TRANSFUSION (NCBT) The United States Government (USG) through PEPFAR’ HSS/CDC funding has transformed the National Center for Blood Transfusion (NCBT) by enhancing and expanding capacity as a core activity in HIV prevention. After the 1994 genocide and prior to 2005, without a national blood policy and guidelines, ...
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