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Caritas Rwanda works to improve the lives of people in a country where 60 per cent of the population lives below the poverty line. Rwanda suffered a three-month genocide in 1994 that killed over 800,000 people from Hutu and Tutsi ethnic groups, and the economic effects are still being felt today.
Caritas Rwanda launched a major appeal in 2006 for emergency food aid, citing further problems such as Rwanda’s low-lying, semi-arid plains and plateaux, where even a minor disruption in normal rainfall patterns can spark a food crisis.
Caritas Rwanda worked with Government officials to buy food from selected suppliers and distribute it to those in need. The work was overseen by Caritas staff, linked by a network at the diocesan and parish levels.