Pray for: Rwanda

Flag for Rwanda

Key Stats

Religion & Geography
Category Statistic
Continent: Africa
Capital: Kigali
Population: 14,414,910
% Urban: 17.6 %
Population Under 15 Yrs: 39.8 %
Official Language: French, English, Kinyarwanda. The entire population speaks Kinyarwanda
Languages: 5
Literacy Rate: 66 %
Life Expectancy: 66.1 yrs (184/236)
HDI Ranking: 165 / 189
% Christian: 89.1 %
% Evangelical: 26.9 %
Largest Religion: Christian
% Largest Religion: 89.1 %
People Groups: 12
Least Reached People Groups: 3
% Unevangelized: 1 %


Title: Rwanda

Tier: 1

Type: country

Rwanda made great progress since the tragic events of 1994, when Hutu extremists seized power and began the genocide of the Tutsi minority and Hutu moderates. 800,000 perished in 100 days. Over 1 million fled, and more violence followed. Political stability since 2000 allows Rwandans a chance to rebuild. Rwanda’s economy is now one of the fastest growing in Africa. Females make up over half the elected parliament, the world’s highest rate. The government banned ethnic identification (Hutu, Tutsi, others). People are called Rwandans, and only Rwandans. Give praise for the people’s commitment to reconcile and build peace. Praise God that churches help lead this movement.

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Content taken or adapted from Operation World, 7th Edition (2010) and Pray for the World (2015). Both books are published by InterVarsity Press. All rights reserved.