Anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
April 7, 2010

Today, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Susan D. Page recognized the anniversary of the Rwandan genocide. Deputy Assistant Secretary Page said:

"On behalf of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson, and the American people, I would like to convey our deepest sympathies to all Rwandans who lost loved ones, friends, neighbors, and colleagues in the genocide. We join you today to pay respects to the victims -- more than eight hundred thousand Rwandans -- who lost their lives during the 100 brutal days of 1994. Rwanda bears the grave burden of this tragedy, but the international community has not forgotten and we will never forget. We live with the knowledge that we could have done more than we did. But, like you, we know that we must apply lessons learned from the past while looking to the future.

"As we commemorate the genocide in solidarity and sympathy with the survivors, we look to Rwanda's vision of its future. It is one enlightened by all Rwandans who live together in respect, commitment to reconciliation, and determination to make the lives of their children and grandchildren better in every respect than what they have known. Rwandans are a people of remarkable determination and fortitude. It is heroic work to rebuild lives.

"Survivors have pushed on creating a new Rwanda, while living with mental and physical scars. Many refugees and former combatants have returned home and are living and working together throughout the country. Rwanda's economy is growing steadily, attracting new investment and tourism. And to strengthen regional peace and security, we note that the Government of Rwanda has taken steps to rebuild its relationships with the Democratic Republic of the Congo and other states of the Great Lakes region. The United States will remain a committed partner in Rwanda's efforts to improve the well-being of its citizens and promote peace and stability in the region.

"Today, as we remember the victims of the genocide, we must also remind ourselves that such atrocities committed anywhere violate our collective humanity and dignity. Rwanda's contribution to the peacekeeping efforts in Darfur are a powerful testament to a commitment to ensure that others will not be left to experience the pain and devastation that wreaked havoc upon Rwanda's people sixteen years ago.

"On this somber occasion, the United States applauds Rwanda's progress and wishes its people continued success in their efforts in securing a peaceful, prosperous and democratic future."Related Content:U.S.-Africa Policy Under the Obama Administration



South Korea
April 26, 2010

Palgye in South Korea writes:

Knows the whereabouts of the man who disappears. Does not disappear from memory is not. Thinks to think that secret intention case and is similar. and sorry.

Solves, thinks in secret intention ability the problem which is difficult. Is difficult too.

New York, USA
April 18, 2010

JB in New York writes:

Thanks for remembering the victims of the Tutsi genocide. But many Rwandans continue to ask this:

What about the people that were killed by the Tutsis? What about all innocent people that were killed by Kagame and his soldiers from Byumba, throughout all Rwanda, all the way to the Congo?

Were they not humans?

Not all were interahamwe.

The population of Byumba, decimated by Kagame in 1990, were they interahamwe?

How about some justice for them?

In your message, you say that

“Rwanda’s vision for its future is one enlightened by all Rwandans who live together in respect”.

That is what most of us Rwandan want.

But in reality, today Rwanda belongs to a small group of Tutsis from Uganda.

The rest of Rwandans have no room whatsoever in Rwanda. Their rights are abused, stepped upon every single day.

Today, Rwanda has more refugees than any other time in its history. And if you speak up and condemn injustice, you are a genocide denier, an enemy of the state.

Kagame and his Akazu (entourage) are the real threat to the peace and security in the Great Lakes Region.

Before Kagame’s military ventures, the Great Lakes Region was peaceful. Kagame set in motion wars that killed millions of Rwandans and Congolese.

You say that

“The United States will remain a committed partner in Rwanda’s efforts to improve the well-being of its citizens and promote peace and stability in the region”.

If you mean it, help us remove the dictator Paul Kagame because many Rwandans are so sick and tired of him. Sixteen years of him is more than enough.

I find it amusing ( or you are not informed ) when you say that

“the United States applauds Rwanda’s progress and wishes its people continued success in their efforts in securing a peaceful, prosperous and democratic future”.

Democratic? The fake election Kagame is planning so he can secure another 7 years of power, you call that democratic!

Frankly, I find it shameful the fact that the US state department hasn’t stepped out and condemn Kagame and his shameful political games.

Is the US an ally of Rwandans or an ally of dictator Kagame?

If the US is an ally of the Rwandan people, these are the times that the US should act and side with the people.


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