Tag: Rwandans in America

Rwandan community in US contribute $47,918.04 towards Covid-19 fund

By Julius Bizimungu | The New Times

The community of Rwandans living in the United States have donated $47,918.04 (approximately Rwf45 million) to the Government-established recovery fund. A copy of the appreciation letter from the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning to the Chairman of the Community indicates that Rwandans in the US diaspora donated financial resources to respond to the pandemic.

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Rwandan engineers to help drone firm, Zipline, establish foothold in United States

Drone firm, Zipline, has received the green light from United State regulators to operate flights to deliver much-needed supplies and personal protective equipment in the US. Zipline had struggled to find a foothold in America but it has vast operations in Africa and the company is now relying on some African engineers, including those from Rwanda, to train their new staff in America.

By Julius Bizimungu | The New Times

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Meet Clement Kigugu, the Rwandan who is helping refugees settle in Concord, New Hampshire.

His organization, Overcomers Refugee Services, is meeting the needs of refugees in a unique Way.

By Jessica Livingston, Patch Mayor
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5 Things You Should Know About Sherrie Silver, the Rwanda-born Choreographer Behind ‘This Is America

By Jane Claire Hervey

Do you remember Childish Gambino’s “This Is America.” The song’s music video went viral across social media news-feeds, newspapers and TVs worldwide

It  also introduced the world to a new creative visionary, the music video’s choreographer, Sherrie Silver. Silver is a creative director, dancer and actress originally from Rwanda, East Africa, on ”a mission to educate the world about African cultures through the art of dance.”

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Indiana University starts course to teach Rwandan national language, Kinyarwanda

If you are living in the United States and wish to learn Kinyarwanda – Rwanda’s vernacular, your destination has been unveiled.

Indiana University (IU) in the United States will start offering a course in Kinyarwanda, making it the 8th African language the university is teaching under its African Studies Program.

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Soccer matches welcome asylum seekers in Portland

By Rob Wolfe

They may be separated by language – Portuguese for Angolans, English for Rwandans, French for the Congolese – but all of Greater Portland’s African immigrant communities do share one means of communication: soccer. Or, as they are more likely to call it, football.

To welcome newly arrived asylum seekers, the Congolese Community of Maine teamed up with players from several other African countries for an afternoon of soccer in Portland’s East Bayside neighborhood.

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Eight Rwandan traditional dancers vanish while on US tour.

A group of 8 traditional dancers of the ‘Inganzo Ngari’ have gone missing after taking part in a Dance Festival in New York. The group of 20 Rwandans had traveled to the US to showcase their talents at the festival.

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DanceAfrica celebrates Rwandan rebirth/renewal in New York

By Zita Allen

Abdel Salaam, artistic director of BAM’S DanceAfrica, has announced that when the 42-year-old festival, founded by the late Baba Chuck Davis, returns to the Brooklyn Academy of Music on Memorial Day weekend (May 24 – 27) it will highlight a dramatic international story of rebirth, reconciliation and transformation in the African nation of Rwanda.

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She Fled Rwanda To Survive — But Does Not Like The Words ‘Refugee’ Or ‘Genocide’

By Diane Cole

Twenty-five years ago this month, more than 800,000 Rwandans, mostly Tutsi, were slaughtered over the course of 100 days by members of the country’s Hutu majority.

Among those who lived through the terror is Clemantine Wamariya. Her memoir, The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War And What Comes After, recounts in wrenching detail her six-year trek in search of refuge from her country’s killing fields. Co-authored with Elizabeth Weil, the book was published to acclaim in 2018 and is now out in paperback.

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US court struggles with the case of Jean Leonard Teganya 25 years after the Rwandan Genocide

by Clement Habimana

In 1994, Jean Leonard Teganya was a 22-year-old Rwandan medical student, a hard worker whose peers describe him as smart and kind to everyone. He was in his third year of medical school, in the Faculty of Medicine at the National University of Rwanda in Butare.

Now he is in Boston’s Federal District Court, nearing the end of his trial for immigration fraud and perjury about his role in the 1994 Rwandan Genocide. If convicted, he will be imprisoned in the U.S. and then deported to Rwanda, a totalitarian military dictatorship likely to kill or imprison him for life.

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