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Rwandan ambassador to visit University of Arkansas

The Rwandan ambassador to the United States will participate in a re-enactment of a traditional Rwandan engagement ceremony when he visits the University of Arkansas.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — The Rwandan ambassador to the United States will participate in a re-enactment of a traditional Rwandan engagement ceremony when he visits the University of Arkansas.

Officials say James Kimonyo also will meet Thursday with Rwandan students who attend the Fayetteville school.

Kimonyo has been instrumental in the political and socio-economic reforms in Rwanda, where more than 500,000 people were killed in 1994 a dispute between the Hutu and the Tutsi ethnic groups. School officials say he has played a vital role in the repatriation, resettlement and reintegration of ex-Rwandan refugees.

The ambassador's visit coincides with an annual immersion program that highlights a particular culture.

This year, Rwandan students will transform a stage at the Arkansas Union into a Rwandan home and yard, and re-enact a Gusaba, the traditional engagement ceremony.

 

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