Rwanda's Kagame: Lessons learned from genocide

AP News
Posted: Apr 22, 2014 9:30 PM
Rwanda's Kagame: Lessons learned from genocide

MEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — Rwanda President Paul Kagame tells a U.S. audience that the horrific slaughter of more than 800,000 people in his country two decades ago has taught people in the small East African nation that they "must ultimately be responsible for their own fate."

Kagame spoke Tuesday to students, faculty and others at Tufts University outside Boston, as Rwanda marks 20 years since the atrocity. He said if a persecuted people wait for help to come, they will perish.

Kagame's Rwanda Patriotic Front ended the genocide by overthrowing the Hutu government that orchestrated the slaughter of ethnic Tutsis and Hutu moderates.

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Kagame expressed hope that his country's young demographic may help Rwanda move past its recent history. He said young Rwandans are unencumbered by the country's bloody past.