Rwandan Sign Language

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Rwandan Sign Language
Native toRwanda
Language codes
ISO 639-3None (mis)

It is not clear what the sign language or languages are in Rwanda. In 2006, a dictionary project was started to standardize Rwandan Sign Language (Amarenga y'Ikinyarwanda AKR "Kinyarwanda Sign Language", also Amarenga yo mu Rwanda AMR "Sign Language of Rwanda"), published in 2009. It was an incomplete effort, and an expanded dictionary, based on signs common throughout the country, was started in 2013. The latter project description implies that these are dialects of a single language, but that is uncertain. Interpreter programs are available in Uganda; it is unknown whether this means that Rwandan Sign Language is related to Ugandan Sign Language.[1]

At the end of September 2018, Jehovah’s Witnesses in Rwanda started the translation work into Rwandan Sign Language in Kigali[2]. Free audio books, videos and other bible study material - including the New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures - can be found online[3].


  1. ^ Rwanda: Experts Begin Compilation of Sign Language Dictionary, The New Times, 2015 March 10
  2. ^ "Rwanda Branch Begins Translation Work Into Rwandan Sign Language".
  3. ^ "Abahamya ba Yehova".