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Sunday, 6 July 2014

Rwanda is building foundation for peace, prosperity – Obama

By continually investing in its people, Rwanda is building a strong foundation for peace and prosperity in the years to come, US President Barack Obama has said.

“Over the last 20 years, Rwanda has emerged as a regional leader, borne by a deep commitment to strengthen economic growth for all Rwandans.

“It has improved health institutions across the country. And it provides wider access to healthcare and universal primary school education to all Rwandan children,” Obama is quoted as saying in a statement released.

In the press statement, Obama sent “best wishes to Rwandans on the 52nd anniversary of your independence on July 1”.

Rwanda gained Independence from Belgian colonialists on July 1, 1962 but the country continued on the path of sectarian politics and violence which would culminate in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

Over one million Rwandans were butchered in a space of 100 days before the killings were brought to an end by the then Rwanda Patriotic Army rebels led by current Rwandan President Paul Kagame.

July 1 remains a public holiday but the day is observed jointly with the country’s liberation anniversary, which comes just three days later – on July 4.

Activities in the lead up to the 20th liberation anniversary kicked off weeks ago with the launch of the ‘Army Week’ campaign under which the men and women in uniform are closely working with local communities to construct 500 health posts across the country.

The RDF has also dispatched doctors to different parts of the country for a new phase of free healthcare services that target the vulnerable, including ailing Genocide survivors.

“Rwanda and its neighbours are turning adversity into prosperity, and I commend all Rwandans for their commitment to a brighter future,” the US leader added in the statement.

“I congratulate Rwandans for the significant strides and wish you a joyous Independence Day celebration.”

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