Lawyers for Rwanda genocide suspect arrive at French court | AFP

A Paris court has approved the transfer of Rwandan genocide suspect Felicien Kabuga, arrested in France after decades on the run, to a UN body for trial. Accused of financing the 1994 genocide of some 800,000 people, Kabuga asked to be tried in France, and he can still appeal the decision to hand him over to the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT) for a trial in Arusha, Tanzania. Images of his lawyers arriving IMAGES

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Felicien Kabuga, accused of financing the Rwandan genocide, challenges extradition in court | AFP

Relatives of the alleged financier of the genocide in Rwanda, Félicien Kabuga, arrive before his appearance before the Paris Court of Appeal. This hearing is to examine the validity of the arrest warrant issued by the Mechanism of the International Criminal Tribunals. IMAGES

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Highlights of this day in history: Civil war erupts in Rwanda; NY audience previews long-distance television; Auto pioneer Henry Ford dies in Dearborn, Mich.;Singer Billie Holiday, known as “Lady Day” is born in Philadelphia. (April 7)

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The virus across Africa: continent prepares for a long battle | AFP

Sub-Saharan Africa has recorded its first deaths from the coronavirus. After a slow start, the case tally has more than tripled in the space of a week. Countries have reacted with stringent restrictions, from flight bans to school closures, while Rwanda went even further to order a general lockdown. AFP looks at some of the effects of the COVID-19 on the continent.

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Rwanda, Uganda leaders to meet amid tensions | AFP

Officials prepare for the meeting between Rwandan President Paul Kagame and his Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Museveni in the no man’s land at the Gatuna border post between their countries, amid ongoing diplomatic tensions. IMAGES

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Rwandan wants to protect gorillas, dreams of becoming tour guide

Jean Claude Masengesho draws portraits of gorillas as he dreams of going to college so he can be a tour guide working at Volcanoes National Park in Kinigi, Rwanda. Read more at the AP’s environment series: https://www.apnews.com/WhatCanBeSaved

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What Can Be Saved? Episode 7 – A Country For Gorillas | Sneak Peek | AP

Once on the edge of extinction, mountain gorillas in Rwanda are rebounding thanks to extraordinary effort, sacrifice and money.

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DRC and Rwandan health ministers meet to discuss Ebola spread | AFP

Diane Gashumba and Pierre Kangudia, respective health ministers of Rwanda and the DR Congo, meet in the Rwandan border town of Gisenyi to discuss the ongoing Ebola epidemic. IMAGES

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Health checks ongoing at DRC-Rwanda border amid Ebola flare-up | AFP

Ebola response workers stationed at the border between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda conduct health checks on people moving across the busy frontier. The current epidemic in eastern DR Congo marked its first anniversary on Thursday with two more cases in the densely-populated border city of Goma. IMAGES

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WHO holds vaccination campaign in Goma after Ebola patient death | AFP

WHO health workers vaccinate people who have been in contact with the a patient who died after being diagnosed with Ebola in the eastern DR Congo city of Goma. The case — the first in a major urban hub in the region’s nearly year-old epidemic of the disease — has sparked deep concern in neighbouring Rwanda and at the UN.

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Five rhinos resettled in Rwanda from Czech Zoo | AFP

Five critically endangered eastern black rhinos were on Monday successfully relocated to Rwanda’s Akagera National Park after a long journey from the Czech Republic.

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Rwanda commemorates victims of the worst genocide in recent history 25 years on

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Rwanda mourns the dead, 25 years after the genocide

Rwandan President Paul Kagame starts off a week of commemoration activities by lighting a remembrance flame at the Kigali Genocide Memorial, where more than 250,000 victims are believed to be buried. Rwanda begins 100 days of mourning for more than 800,000 people slaughtered in the genocide, a quarter of a century on from the day it began.

Rwanda’s Kagame lays wreath at genocide memorial in Kigali

Rwandan President Paul Kagame and world leaders take part in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Kigali Genocide Memorial, where more than 250,000 victims are believed to be buried, as they commemorate the 25th anniversary of the genocide.

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Africa Weekly – a round up of news and features from Africa

This week on Africa Weekly, we meet some of the Rwandans working tirelessly for reconciliation, 25 years after the country’s genocide, and we travel to a camp in Rwanda where former militiamen who took part in the killings have returned after years in exile. FOR SUBSCRIBERS OF AFRICA WEEKLY ONLY

Rwanda’s genocide past lies heavy on its youth

Young Rwandans, born during the 1994 genocide or soon after, speak of how this traumatic period has cast a shadow over their lives, despite the fact that they did not directly experience it. The two-thirds of the population born in the wake of the slaughter face a burden of their own, having grown up in the shadow of unspeakable atrocities, and carrying the weight of expectations of a brighter future.

Thomas: the Tutsi man reaching across ethnic divides in Rwanda

Reconciliation in Rwanda since the 1994 genocide has come about in part due to state policy, but also thanks to the courage of certain individuals who have been able to reach out across divides. Thomas is one such individual, a member of the persecuted Tutsi minority who has worked tirelessly for reconciliation in his village.

Rwanda’s genocide killers learn new life back home

At a camp beneath mist-shrouded volcanoes, dozens of men wander around, pondering their future lives. Some of these ex-militiamen took part in the killings during Rwanda’s horrific 1994 genocide against the Tutsi minority. They have now returned to Rwanda after years in exile, and live in a camp in order to become safely reintegrated into society.

In Rwanda, a spring turns source of reconciliation 25 years on

For years, the residents of the Giheta and Ruseke lived peacefully, sharing the same water source between the two villages. The horrors of the 1994 genocide changed all that, as Rwanda spiralled into horrific violence. 25 years on, the water source is bringing the once-divided villagers back together – a source of life and of reconciliation.

800k dead & ‘insufficient evidence’? France drops probe of attack that sparked Rwanda genocide

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French judges have reportedly dropped a 20-year probe into an attack that killed Rwanda’s president and sparked the country’s genocide. RT looked at France’s potential motivations for abruptly ending its two-decade investigation.

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