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Bill Clinton’s Ties to Rwanda


Kigali, Rwanda–Some 800,000 people were killed in the genocide in Rwanda in 1994. It happened on Bill Clinton’s watch as U.S. president .

On a visit to Rwanda ten years ago, Clinton publicly acknowleged that the United States and the world community “did not do as much as we could have and should have done to try to limit what occurred.” History may judge that this was one of the worst lapses of the Clinton administration

Clinton has talked about this a bit on this trip to Africa, including at a dinner he hosted last night for the press.

He says he has a lifelong responsibility to help Rwanda recover from the genocide.

William J. Clinton Foundation initiatives include assistance to develop a national rural health network and partnering with community, farmers, entrepreneurs, hospitals, and health care facilities to support a sustainable economy.

The 2008 Clinton tour of Africa is to look at some of these projects. We started with a meeting with some Rwandan coffee farmers.

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