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Rwanda Marks 20 Years Since Genocide; Progress In Public Health System Noted

News outlets describe how Rwanda and the global community is commemorating the 20th anniversary of the country’s 1994 genocide, as well as the economic and public health progress Rwanda has made since.

Associated Press/The Guardian: Rwanda genocide: 20th anniversary brings a nation together to mourn
“…President Paul Kagame and Ban Ki-moon, the U.N. secretary general, lit a flame at the Kigali genocide memorial center, which estimates that more than one million Rwandans perished in three months of machete and gunfire attacks, mostly by extremist Hutus on the country’s minority Tutsi population…” (4/7).

BBC News: Rwanda genocide: U.N. ashamed, says Ban Ki-moon
“The U.N. is still ashamed over its failure to prevent the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon has said. He was addressing thousands of people in the capital, Kigali, as Rwanda began a week of official mourning to mark the 20th anniversary of the genocide…” (4/7).

New York Times: 20 Years After, Rwanda Pauses to Recall Carnage
“Rwanda on Monday commemorated the 20th anniversary of the genocide there with a fusion of tears, recrimination and regret at the killing of more than 800,000 people in 100 days that shocked the world, redrew regional battle lines and continues to shape the debate over how nations should respond to mass atrocities…” (Cowell, 4/7).

New York Times: Once a Nation of Death, Now a Symbol of Life
“The Rwandan genocide began 20 years ago, and in articles assessing the consequences, one surprising fact stands out: In public health, Rwanda has risen from the ashes to become Africa’s biggest success story…” (McNeil, 4/7).

Reuters: Weeping Rwandans told ‘never again’ 20 years after genocide
“The United Nations chief told a packed stadium of sombre and weeping Rwandans on Monday the world would ‘never again’ let genocide tear their nation apart, at a ceremony marking 20 years since 800,000 people were butchered…” (Clover, 4/7).

VOA News: Rwanda Marks 20 Years Since Genocide
“On the 20th anniversary of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, President Paul Kagame paid tribute to the victims and also took a swipe at the international community following a diplomatic rift with France…” (Joselow, 4/7).

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