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Thursday's Connector: Paul Kagame

September 15th, 2010
06:14 PM ET

Paul Kagame has been president of Rwanda for more than a decade and helped lead the country with its first government after the devastating Rwandan genocide in 1994 that claimed more than one million lives.

Over the past ten years, Kagame has helped take Rwanda out of poverty to some degree and many people have called the country Africa's biggest success story under his leadership.

Kagame was born in 1957 to a Tutsi family, and fled with his family in 1960 after Tutsi pogroms by extremist Hutus  – there were several genocides of Tutsi every decade between 1959 and 1992, 1994 was considered “the final solution."

While living outside of Rwanda, Kagame helped form the Rwandese Patriotic Front (RPF)  which comprised mostly Tutsi refugees in Uganda who had been refused the right to return to Rwanda by the extremist Hutu government.

The RPF attacked Rwanda in 1990, Kagame who was at the Staff and Command College at Fort Leavenworth in Texas, left to join the guerrilla army which fought the government army for four years.

After serving as vice-president in an interim government, Kagame was elected to president in 2000. While Kagame was initially regarded positively in the west, recent questions have risen over the government's policies and motives - including the disqualification of opposition parties in the 2010 presidential election and Rwanda's involvement in the Congo war.

Here's your chance to ask Rwanda president Paul Kagame your questions.

Do you want to know what it was like fighting before the genocide in 1994? Do you want to know how he helped mend the divisions afterwards? Where does he see the future of the country headed?

Please leave your questions below and be sure to include where you're writing from.