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Obama: Rwanda genocide 'neither accident nor unavoidable'

US President Barack Obama makes a statement to the press before a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House April 4, 2014 in WashingtonUS President Barack Obama paid tribute to victims of Rwanda’s genocide, urging the international community to choose compassion over hatred Sunday, on the eve of commemorations marking the 20th anniversary of the killings. Speaking of the incredibly bloody violence that “shook the conscience of the world,” Obama stressed that the genocide was “neither an accident nor unavoidable.” “It was a deliberate and systematic effort by human beings to destroy other human beings,” Obama said in a statement. The United Nations and the international community at large were heavily criticized at the time of the killings for at first failing to acknowledge a genocide was taking place and then failing to stop it.

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