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Obama remembers Rwanda genocide

2012-04-07 12:04

Washington - US President Barack Obama on Friday remembered the killings of 800 000 people in Rwanda, marking the 18th anniversary of the genocide by vowing to ensure such evil cannot triumph again.

"The spectre of this slaughter of mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters haunts us still," Obama said in a statement.

The president said the anniversary reminded the world "of our shared responsibility to do all we can to protect civilians and to ensure that evil of this magnitude never happens again".

"The United States grieves with the Rwandan people, and we remember those whose lives were cut short," Obama said, but also noted that Rwanda had moved beyond the tragedy and now helped other nations in peacekeeping missions.

Around 800 000 people, mostly minority Tutsis, were murdered during the 1994 Rwandan genocide mainly by Hutu militias.

Comments
  • Jerzy - 2012-04-07 14:12

    More than 800 00 killed by violent christians. Where are all the regulars always preaching how other religions are primitive and evil and labeling christianity as only religion of peace.

  • Fidel - 2012-04-07 14:24

    This was the most despicable atrocity to happen in this continent surpassed only by slavery and colonialism. I am glad that the authorities in Rwanda have managed to bring some semblance of normality and peace, while they haven't stopped pursuing those responsible for this barbarity. This is the biggest blight in Africa in modern times!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-07 18:12

      ""This was the most despicable atrocity to happen in this continent "" ""This is the biggest blight in Africa in modern times!"" This is soo true, But than you start talking BS, The fact is that the authorities in Rwanda have done very little to bring these monsters to book. If it was not European countries that had been pursuing these scumbags and (help to) procecute them, most of them would still be running around today, terrorizing the local population. And to say there is "some normailty" you don't have a clue what's happening there. From my own frequent experience, that border region with the DRC, must be the most dangerous part of Africa!!! But you would not be Fidel, if you at the same time. you would not spew some anti Western garbage, in your comment.. ( Thats part of your package !!! )

      Fidel - 2012-04-08 08:22

      Couldn't pass the opportunity to vent your spleen, congratulations. Do you know your own language. What does "semblance" mean to you? Disagreeing for the sake of disagreeing!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-08 09:16

      You ever thought, why leaders in the West, use mainly "simple" language to communicate ?? You think the possible reason might be, that otherwise 9/10 of their population would not know what the heck they were talking about, and they would be kicked out of office ?? You ever thought, why dictators and their supporters, use "fancy sugar coated" words when communicating with the "masses" ?? You think the reason might be, that if they would not, the , masses , would see right through their BS story ??

      Fidel - 2012-04-08 11:14

      Clear, cold and incisive logic - most illuminating.

  • veritas.odium.paret - 2012-04-07 19:03

    Let's hope that if something similar happens again, the big powers won't sit around debating whether it's civil war or genocide.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-07 20:22

      The problem will be, that Russia and China will veto any intervention. Russia will be supplying the aggressors with sniper rifles, and tanks that can launch rockets into residential appartment blocks, and of course will send their advisers , to teach on how to kill as many civilians in the shortest possible time. And the slimy Chinese will be too busy "investing" in that part of the world, and don't want any disturbance in their raw material supply!!!!!

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