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Rwandan President Speaks At University Of Hartford Anti-genocide Gathering

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Paul Kagame at the University of Hartford. Photo by WTIC's Matt Dwyer.

Paul Kagame at the University of Hartford. Photo by WTIC’s Matt Dwyer.

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Speaking at the University of Hartford today, Rwandan President Paul Kagame said his people know the horrors of genocide all too well.

“We have a shared interest in educating others about the crimes so that it never  happens again,” Kagame said.

Hundreds of thousands of people died in fighting between Hutus and Tutusis in Rwanda in 1994.

“The same people who were responsible for this tragic history, are the same people who can turn it around,” Kagame said.

He said it is important to improve his nation’s economy, so that people are able to listen to a message of reconciliation.

The university’s Greenberg Center is starting a program intended to save the memories of genocides around the world.

The university held a colloquium on genocide later in the day.

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