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Kigali was founded in 1907, when Rwanda was still a colony of Germany. Before independence, various towns and villages were possible choices for capital. They include Nyanza, where the tribal rulers resided, and Butare (formerly known as Astrida), which was the colonial capital of German East Africa. It was initially considered for the position of capital of the independent Rwanda, but eventually the position was given to Kigali, due to its centralized location.
Kigali was the scene of the Rwandan Genocide, where Hutu militias, aided by various members of the Rwandan army, slaughtered around one million people, mostly Tutsi but also some moderate Hutus. The Tutsi-dominated Rwandese Patriotic Front retaliated, resulting in heavy fighting the pitted the two main ethic groups of the country.
Today the city of Kigali is once again at peace, though its infrastructure was severely damaged and is still in the process of healing.
The Kigali International Airport (KGL) receives flights from
Places of Interest in Kigali
- Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre
- Kigali Tower
- Presidential Palace Museum