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rwanda

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  • Jerome's Story
  • By Mary Keilman and Matthew Callaway
  • This is Jerome. He lives in Rwanda with his family.
  • Hello
  • Jerome was born in Rwanda in 1950. He was Tutsi, but the Tutsi people didn't get along with the Hutu people.
  • Everything was working out fine until the assassination of Hutu president Habyarimana on April 6, 1994. This started a war between the Hutu and Tutsi people. During the next few weeks around 800,000 people were killed in this genocide, but Jerome and his family survived. He could tell there was a big change in the population and it made him sad. You can see the change in this age structure diagram: http://www.worldlifeexpectancy.com/rwanda-population-pyramid
  • In the 2015 age structure diagram you can see that there are less people in the 20-24 cohort. This is because of the genocide in 1994.
  • Jerome is very old now, and he noticed there aren't as many people his age. There's only a few people he knows.
  • Being an undeveloped country, Rwanda lacks decent medical care to take care of the older population that made it out of the war.
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