Kigali


Kigali
/kee gah"lee/, n.
a town in and the capital of Rwanda, in the central part. 40,000.

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City (pop., 1996 est.: 356,000), capital of Rwanda.

Located in the middle of the country, it was a trading centre during the German colonial administration (after 1895) and a regional centre during the Belgian colonial period (1919–62). It became the capital of independent Rwanda in 1962. The fast-growing city was adversely affected by the country's political turmoil in the 1990s.

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Rwanda
      city and capital of Rwanda. It is located in the centre of the country on the Ruganwa River. Kigali was a trade centre (after 1895) during the German colonial administration and became a regional centre during the Belgian colonial period (1919–62). It became the capital upon Rwanda's independence in 1962. In 1994 thousands of Tutsi in Kigali were killed by Hutu gangs and the Rwandan army.

      The city includes a Muslim quarter and spreads over four hills. Northeast of the city is a squatters' settlement, and southeast is an industrial area. Kigali's light industry includes shoe, paint and varnish, radio-assembly, and tanning factories. Cassiterite (tin) mining companies have their headquarters in Kigali, and a smelting plant was built there in the 1980s. The city is connected by roads, including several that are paved, to all four borders of the country. It also has an international airport and a technical college. Pop. (1996 est.) 356,000.

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