Twenty Five Years after the Rwandan Genocide

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Rwandan President Paul Kagame walks next to other state leaders during a walk to remember from Parliament to Amahoro stadium where many survivors took refuge, as part of the commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, in Kigali, Rwanda April 7, 2019. (REUTERS/Baz Ratner)

On April 6, 2019, President Paul Kagame, a former Tutsi rebel, marked the 25th anniversary of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide. He invoked the oft-chanted phrase “Never Again,” which was first uttered 70 years ago during the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. The goal of the convention was to remedy the inaction of the international community during World War II when Hitler slaughtered an estimated 20 million people (including Black Germans). Yet, in 1994, almost 50 years later, world leaders failed to keep that promise when the Hutu majority-led government embarked on an ethnic cleansing campaign…

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