Security Alert — US Embassy Kigali

Event:  The Rwanda National Police informed the public of an October 19 grenade attack near the southwestern city of Kamembe along Rwanda’s border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Four people suffered injuries following the attack. While there has been no claim of responsibility, armed groups operate in the Democratic Republic of the Congo …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali

Event:  The Rwanda National Police informed the public on October 5 that a group of militants entered Rwanda the previous day and engaged in hostilities in northwestern Rwanda near Volcanoes National Park, killing approximately nineteen civilians and injuring five.  The area near Volcanoes National Park is now secure, according to police reports. Armed groups operate in …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Kigali

Location: Uganda Event:On June 12, the Ugandan Ministry of Health announced three confirmed cases of Ebola in the Kasese District of western Uganda.  This is the first time that cases associated with the current outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which began in August 2018, have been identified outside the DRC.  There …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Kigali

Location:  Rwanda Event:  On August 1, 2018, the Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo reported an outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease in North Kivu province. Since then, more than 1,900 confirmed and probable cases have been reported in multiple health zones of Congo’s North Kivu and Ituri provinces. The CDC has …

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Travel Advisory: Rwanda – Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions

Exercise normal precautions in Rwanda. If you plan to enter the Democratic Republic of the Congo, read the  Democratic Republic of the Congo Travel Advisory . Read the Safety and Security section on the  country information page . If you decide to travel to Rwanda: Enroll in the  Smart Traveler Enrollment Program  ( STEP ) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. Follow …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Kigali

Location:  Rwanda Event:  On August 1, 2018, the Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) reported an outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease in North Kivu Province. Since then, more than 500 confirmed cases have been reported in multiple health zones in eastern DRC. The Rwandan Ministry of Health has established procedures regarding …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali

Location:  Nyamagabe District, Southern Province, Rwanda Event:  According to the Rwandan Ministry of Defense, unidentified assailants attacked three passenger vehicles in southern Rwanda on Saturday, December 15, 2018, killing two individuals and injuring eight. The Rwandan military reports that the area, which is near Nyungwe Forest, is now secure. As a long-standing practice, U.S. Embassy …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali

Location:  Rwanda Event:  On August 1, 2018, the Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of Congo reported an outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease in North Kivu Province. Since then, a significant number of both confirmed and probable cases have been reported in multiple health zones of Congo’s North Kivu and Ituri provinces. The CDC …

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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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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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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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Accident Involving U.S. Embassy Vehicle

The U.S. embassy community extends its deepest condolences to the families of the two children who died in a tragic accident involving an official embassy vehicle on 14 August, 2016.  We know the loss of any family member is hard, but it is especially difficult to lose a child.  Ambassador Barks-Ruggles personally visited the families …

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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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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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