President Obama on Sunday marked the 19th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda by saying the United States “grieves with the Rwandan people” who survived the killings.
“Nineteen years ago, Rwanda was torn apart by a great evil,” Mr. Obama said in a statement. “Today, we stand with the people of Rwanda to commemorate the Rwandan genocide. We honor the victims, and we express our solidarity with the survivors.”
More than 800,000 men, women and children were killed in a wave of violence that began when majority Hutus began slaughtering minority Tutsis in April 1994. The violence lasted about 100 days.
The United Nations later concluded that the international community had failed Rwandans.
The president said Americans are “inspired” by Rwandans’ spirit “as they build a more peaceful and prosperous tomorrow.”
“We look with you to the future and renew our commitment to human rights and the rule of law, to the protection of the vulnerable, and to the prevention of atrocities so that such evil is never repeated,” Mr. Obama said.