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The Great Lakes region of Africa is the place where the last known genocide in human history took place less than 25 years ago. It is also a region torn apart by years of ethnic and political conflict. Election violence has recently been in full explosion in Burundi and in the Democratic Republic of Congo over the bid by the presidents of both countries to run for a third term. There is also uncertainty of what will happen in Rwanda as the country has recently changed its constitution to allow the president to run indefinitely. VOA Kirundi/Kinyarwanda is a balancing medium that sets the standards of impartial and comprehensive reporting. VOA Kirundi/Kinyarwanda programming promotes democratic values and fosters civil dialogue and reconciliation between all the political stakeholders. Through the Kirundi/Kinyarwanda Service, the people of the United States speak directly to the citizens of the African Great Lakes region.

Quick Facts

Established: July 1996

Target area: Rwanda, Burundi, Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, Southern Uganda, Northwest Tanzania

Weekly Audience: Rwanda 57%, Burundi 46%

Radio Programming: 19.05 hours per week



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Programs and Features

Murisanga (Call-in Program) - One-hour Program Mo-Su: engaging audiences on issues of peaceful cohabitation, political tolerance, combating hate speech and dissipating rumors, especially among the younger audience that heavily relies on social media.

Dusangire Ijambo (Panel Discussion) – Weekly program that seeks insights from scholars, government officials and civil society leaders on major issues of the day in the Great Lakes, Africa and the world.

Iwanyu mu Ntara (Burundi: From the Provinces) – In-depth coverage with reports and features from the 18 provinces of Burundi and from the 3 major refugee camps hosting Burundians in Tanzania, DRC and Rwanda. Stringers interview politicians, activists, scholars and regular folks to provide a variety of views in an impartial, independent and comprehensive fashion.

Ejo (Tomorrow) – a 30 minute weekly youth program from Rwanda that focuses on youth entrepreneurship and promotes the culture of civil discourse, unity and reconciliation among the youth in the Great Lakes region.

Americana - Tells American stories from U.S. history, politics, cultural and scientific heritage, as well as American perspective on world issues.

VOA60Afurika - A one-minute roundup video of Africa’s top stories each day. It is published online and distributed by Hooza, a Rwanda-based online media outlet.