President Barack Obama has extended his sympathy to the Rwandan people as they mark the 17th commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.Obama’s message was delivered yesterday by US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.
“On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I extend our deepest sympathies to all Rwandans, who lost loved ones, friends, neighbours, and colleagues in the genocide,” Clinton said.
“We pause today to reflect upon one of humanity’s darkest hours and pay our respects to the victims killed brutally and needlessly in the 100 days of carnage in Rwanda in 1994.”
Clinton observed that in the past 17 years, Rwandans have worked to rebuild their lives and chart a new course for the country’s future.
“Refugees and former combatants have returned and are living and working together throughout the country,” she said, adding that Rwanda has worked to hold accountable those responsible for the tragic events of 1994.
Clinton noted that country’s economy, as well as investment and tourism, was registering strong growth. She commended the steps taken in building the relationships with countries in the region.
She praised Rwanda for her peacekeeping missions in troubled countries like Sudan, Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and most recently, Haiti.
The Secretary of State also commended efforts to improve the well-being of its citizens, ensure accountability, and promote peace, stability, and development.
“As you remember the victims of 1994, know that the United States stands with you as we work together to build a secure, peaceful, prosperous and democratic nation for yourselves, your children, and generations to follow,”said Clinton.