Rwandan Diaspora Australia supports people and communities in Australia from countries affected by war and conflict particularly the Rwandan genocide to help them promote peace, development and growth in Australia.
Rwandan Diaspora in Australia (formerly Rwandan Diaspora Queensland) works in Australia to unite all Rwandan no matter what their background.
Over a period of 100 days in April 1994, more than a million Rwandans were innocently slaughtered during the Genocide against the Tutsis. Each April 7th marks another year since that great human tragedy. A highlight of the year is the commemoration that takes place in the hearts of those still alive, for the lives that were lost and to show solidarity for the survivors. At this time members and friends of the Rwandan Diaspora in Australia as well as a range of special guests such as the High Commissioner for the Republic of Rwanda in Australia gather to share in their journey of resilience and courage.
Young Rwandans gather to remember the genocide.
Today, Rwanda is striving to rebuild its economy, with coffee and tea production among its main exports. The World Bank has praised Rwanda’s recent “remarkable development successes”, which it says have helped reduce poverty and inequality.
Paul Kagame has run Rwanda since his rebel army ended the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of people in 1994.
He was sworn in as vice-president and defence minister in the new, post-genocide government in July 1994, but was widely seen as the real power in Rwanda.
In 2000 parliament elected him president. He won presidential elections in 2003 and again in 2010, and gained approval by referendum to stand for an unprecedented third term in 2017.
Local Brisbane Rwandan soccer team brings a sense of hope to those who live in Australia in peace.
Inauguration Rwandan Diaspora 2012 High Commissioner Dr. Charles Murigande and Hon. Consulate Mr. Michael Roux and members.