As nation reconciles with itself, a successful transition helps Rwanda recover from past wounds.

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Rwanda, the rebirth of a nation

Just eight years after the horrible scenes that shocked the world in 1994 from the tiny Central African country, Rwanda has cast aside it's past tragic to build a strong cohesive nation. Rwanda has baffled its sceptics who never expected the country in which one
Million people died to recover so soon.

The Rwandan transition has been a delicate process, which is proving a success only because the different partners had respect for each other, and agreed to stick to the rules of the game. The economy is performing at the pre-1994 levels and politically giant strides have been made in the direction of national reconciliation. The population has turned its back and cast aside the old prejudices on ethnic division they had been taught by the past leadership.
The population is now preparing for a busy year ahead as the mandate of the eight-year old government of national unity draws to an end. A new constitution is being drafted, presidential elections under a multi-party system are envisaged for 2003 and no major slippages are anticipated. Ideally a new government should be in place by August 1, 2003.

The burden on justice sector is likely to ease shortly with the commencement of the Gacaca community courts, which are expected to dispose of the bulk of the 120,000 cases involving genocide suspects. Some 250,000-community judges have been trained to try the cases, which will reduce prison population and bring healing and reconciliation in society.
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