(Xinhua) -- Some external forces are
trying to jeopardize the good progress in East African
integration and regional security, which is cause for concern,
Rwandan President Paul Kagame said Monday in his end-of-year
message on state-run Rwanda TV.
He was referring to the Democratic Forces for
the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), a rebel group based in
Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo), and the Rwanda National
Congress (RNC), an opposition group in exile that aims to topple
Last December, Kagame said that the FDLR was
working with the RNC and some of Rwanda’s neighbors after
suspected rebels assaulted western Rwanda, which sparked a fire
exchange between the attackers and the government army.
spends U.S. $227 million dollars on disaster relief in 2018
KIGALI (Xinhua) --
The Rwandan government spent 200.4 billion
Rwandan francs (about 227 million U.S. dollars) on relief
services after natural disasters last year, said an assessment
report released on Monday.
The money was spent on relief services,
including providing shelter, medication, food aid and
reconstruction of infrastructure, said the report by the
ministry of emergency management.
It said 234 people were killed while 268 were
injured across the country in 2018 due to disasters caused by
heavy rains, floods, landslides and lightning.
Over 15,000 houses were destroyed in 2018 by
disasters, up from about 5,000 houses destroyed in 2017,
according to the report.
The report also showed about 9,000 hectares of crops were