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US commemorates 20th anniversary of Rwandan genocide.

| WASHINGTON, April 7 (KUNA) -- Secretary of State John Kerry reaffirmed US support for the people of Rwanda on Monday, as the country marked 20 years since the start of what he called a "savage and senseless" three-month genocide that left almost a million dead.

"As we reflect on one of the most tragic and horrific events in human history, we stand with the Rwandan people and are inspired by their efforts to build a brighter future for their country," said Kerry. "But we also reaffirm our commitment to help ensure that other countries do not face the pain and suffering Rwandans endured two decades ago." Members of the Hutu tribe - mostly security forces and militias - backed by a Hutu-majority government used machetes to slaughter men, women and children of the Tutsi ethnic group, sometimes torching entire buildings with Tutsis hiding inside.

The violence began a day after a plane carrying then-Rwandan President, Juvenal Habyarimana, was shot down, killing all on board. Hutus blamed Tutsi rebels, many of whom had come into Rwanda from neighboring Uganda.

"We renew our commitment to rallying the international community to protect universal human rights and fundamental freedoms, prevent mass atrocities, and bring an end to genocide once and for all," Kerry vowed. (end)

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Date:Apr 7, 2014
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