Obama: “Not enough to say ‘never again’” to Genocide
President Barak Obama says the United States will engage its partners to “redouble our efforts to prevent mass atrocities and Genocide” – noting that just saying “never again” cannot be enough for the victims and survivors.
In a statement to mark the 16th anniversary of the 1994 Tutsi massacres, Mr. Obama says in addition to the tens of thousands slaughtered “countless others continue to live with the pain and trauma of their memories and their loss.”
“It is not enough to say “never again,”” he said. “We must renew our commitment and redouble our efforts to prevent mass atrocities and genocide.”
“We are inspired by the spirit of the Rwandan people to move forward and we stand with the people of Rwanda and the international community in commemorating the genocide.”
In office since January last year, he also commemorated the 15th anniversary. For this year, President Obama promises continued support to Rwanda to strength its democratic credentials – as well as the region.
“The United States is committed to its partnership with Rwanda and will continue to support efforts to promote sustainable development, respect for human rights, and sustainable peace in Rwanda and the region,” he said.