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  • President Kagame, First Lady Jeannette Kagame and visiting dignitaries take part in the Walk To Remember with young people to mark Kwibuka20

    Kigali, 7 April 2014

  • President Kagame, First Lady, Jeannette Kagame and foreign dignitaries lay wreaths to mark Kwibuka20

    Kigali, 7 April 2014

  • “Historical clarity is a duty of memory that we cannot escape." President Kagame's address at Kwibuka20

    Kigali, 7 April 2014

  • "We have pursued justice and reconciliation as best we could. But it does not restore what we lost." President Kagame's address at Kwibuka20

    Kigali - 7 April 2014

Paul Kagame
Africa has an inescapable duty to fix itself

Boston, 22 April 2014

On the first day of his visit to Boston, President Kagame addressed students at Tufts University on Rwanda’s progress and recovery in the last twenty years.

President Kagame began the lecture with an emphasis on the importance of historical clarity on the Genocide Against the Tutsi:

“Historical clarity about mass atrocities like genocide is a duty we owe the victims, in all aspects. It is the foundation of genocide prevention for future generations of humanity.”

President Kagame begins two day visit to Boston

Boston, 22 April 2014

This morning in Boston, President Kagame began a two day visit to Boston with a visit at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The visit began with a tour of the Atmospheric Chemistry Lab at the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences. The visit was followed by a round table discussion with MIT faculty members in the fields of energy, management and development.

Starting the conversation, MIT President Rafael Reif expressed solidarity with Rwanda during the mourning period of the 20th Commemoration of the Genocide Against the Tutsi.

The discussion centred on ongoing and future opportunities for partnerships between MIT and Rwanda including increasing the number of Rwandan students attending MIT.

President Kagame receives Interpol President

Kigali, 14 April 2014

President Kagame today received Milleille Balestrazzi, the Interpol President who is in the country to attend the Interpol International Expert Meeting, the first meeting of its kind to be held in a country that experienced genocide. She was accompanied to the meeting by Ronald Noble, the Interpol Secretary General.

Speaking to the Press after the meeting, the Interpol President said her discussions with President Kagame concerned the upcoming 84th Interpol General Assembly which will be hosted by Rwanda, and plans by Interpol to track down genocide suspects.

“We had a pleasant meeting with the President and we talked about the impressive progress that this country has realized in just 20 years. We also talked about plans by Interpol offer support in tracking down genocide suspects around the world and make sure they face justice.”

Historical clarity is a duty of memory that we cannot escape

Kigali, 7 April 2014

President Kagame today led the nation in commemorating the genocide against the Tutsi for the 20th time, at Amahoro National Stadium. President Kagame, together with visiting world leaders who joined Rwandans during the commemoration, laid wreaths in honor of the hundreds of victims laid to rest at the Kigali Memorial Center before lighting the Kwibuka flame.

In his commemoration speech a Amahoro Stadium, President Kagame paid tribute the genocide survivors and Rwandans who defied the call to genocide and those who give voice to their remorse.

“We have pursued justice and reconciliation as best we could. But it does not restore what we lost. Time and again these past twenty years, Rwandans have given of themselves. You have stood before the community to bear witness and listened to others do the same. You have taken responsibility and you have forgiven. Your sacrifices are a gift to the nation. They are the seed from which the new Rwanda grows. Thank you for allowing your humanity and patriotism to prevail over your grief and loss. Thank you very much.”