Rwanda, Uganda, And Burundi

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Rwanda is located in east-central Africa surrounded by the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Tanzania, and Burundi. In fact Rwanda is slightly smaller than the state of Maryland and has a total population of 12,661,733 people. The land is 74.5 percent farmable and the median age throughout the country is 18.8. The average lifespan of a citizen in Rwanda is about 59 years. Also in the past year, there were about 33.75 births per 1,000 people and the average death rate was 8.96 deaths per 1,000 people. Unfortunately, there are only about 0.06 physicians per 1,000 people, which compared to other countries is substantially small causing many health issues not being resolved. (cia) Besides the general fact about Rwanda, an unfortunate event took place from April to July of 1994. Members of the Hutu ethnic majority (about 85 percent of the population) in the east central African nation of Rwanda murdered as many as 800,00 people, mostly containing the Tutusi minority of Rwanda in a 100 day span (history). Unfortunately 6 men, women, and children were murdered every minute of every hour of every day for those 3 months. Between 250,000 and 500,00 women were raped and up to 20,000 children were born as a result. Therefore, more than 67 percent of women who were raped in 1994 during the genocide became infected with HIV/AIDs, which is a major problem that will be discussed later on in this paper (surf). The genocide changed the country of Rwanda forever. Consequently,

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