Mass church closure

More than 8,000 churches in Rwanda have been closed by the government after they failed to meet requirements laid down earlier this year, it was revealed in July.

en previously reported that 700 churches had their activities suspended on 1 March, as a result of the restrictive new law.

A government official said: ‘Churches are expected to meet basic requirements in terms of safety, hygiene, infrastructure and legality’.

In one village the church was closed while a wedding was ongoing. The couple and all the guests were simply told to leave the building during the service, and the church was closed.

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