JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – THE United States is remembering the victims of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.
“We stand today with the people of Rwanda in paying tribute to the more than 800 000 men, women, and children who were savagely murdered in the Rwandan genocide twenty-two years ago,” said John Kerry Secretary of State.
“We grieve for those innocent lives lost, for the families and friends who will forever cherish them, and for the survivors who suffer as both victims and witnesses to one of the most unspeakable acts of evil of our lifetime.”
Speaking from Washington, Kerry said the United States remained committed to preventing the horror of mass atrocities and genocide from occurring again, and to continuing to work with the people of Rwanda and the international community to finish the task of bringing those responsible for those acts to justice.
The genocide occurred over a 100-day period from April 7, constituting as much as 70 percent of the Tutsi and 20 percent of Rwanda’s total population.
It was planned by members of the core political elite known as the akazu, many of whom occupied positions at top levels of the national government.
Perpetrators came from the ranks of the Rwandan army, the National Police, government-backed militias and the Hutu civilian population.
– CAJ News