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Placide is 6 years old and lives in Rwanda.
Placide lives with his mother and father. Placide's mother is Sometimes Employed. Her occupation is Agriculture / Farmer. Placide's father is Sometimes Employed. His occupation is Agriculture / Farmer. Placide has 1 sibling living in the household. Placide helps with the following duties at home: Running Errands. Placide's favourite activities and interests include: Art or Drawing. Activities that Placide enjoys through the church are: Sunday School/Church. At the compassion centre Placide's favourite activities are: Dancing and / or Drama. Placide attends school. He is in the equivalent of kindergarten. Placide's favourite subject is Music. His performance in school is Below Average. Placide's family lives in the area of Gahengeri in Rwanda.
Rwanda is a small, landlocked country in the Great Rift Valley of central Africa. Its grassy uplands and many hills have given it the nickname “land of a thousand hills.” Most of this country lies above 1200 metres, and the densely forested slopes of the mountains are home to the famous mountain gorillas, as well as many other kinds of wildlife.
Rwanda's population density is the highest in sub-Saharan Africa. The people of Rwanda are known as the Banyarwanda and have historically been divided into three groups. The Tutsis (15 per cent) were the traditional ruling class in pre-colonial times, while the Hutus (84 per cent) were mostly agricultural workers. The Twa (1 per cent) are pygmies. The Twa are descended from the earliest inhabitants of Rwanda, while it is unclear whether the Hutus and Tutsis constitute different ethnic groups, with the distinction between them being arbitrarily exacerbated during colonial rule. The current government does not encourage distinction between these groups.
Rwanda has been a unified state for many centuries and is one of the few African countries whose borders were not defined by colonial powers. For four centuries, Rwanda was ruled by a Tutsi monarchy until the kingdom became part of German East Africa in 1894, later to be replaced by the Belgian territory of Ruanda-Ulundi. Throughout this time, the Tutsi retained their dominance of local politics until 1959, when Hutus gained control of the government, stripping many Tutsi of their land just before independence in 1962. A Tutsi-led insurrection in 1990 led to bitter civil strife, which culminated in the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi, with an estimated 800,000 people being killed and 2 million fleeing to neighbouring countries. A new constitution was adopted in 1995, and many refugees have since returned, but the country is still healing the from devastating effects of the war and genocide. The country held its first multiparty elections in 2003.
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