Japanese Minister condemns international community for neglecting Rwanda during the 1994 Genocide
The Japanese Deputy Minister for Finance, Hiroshima Yamamoto has condemned the international community for neglecting Rwandans when they needed protection from the 1994 genocide perpetrators.
“The international community watched while Rwandans perished, but still played a dormant role and didn’t stop the genocide,” said The Minister.
Yamamoto visited the Kigali Genocide Memorial, Gisozi, on the 23rd,05,2014 to pay tribute to the over 250,000 victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi buried at the memorial.
He further called on the international community to compensate for their dormant role in stopping the genocide through supporting Rwanda’s recovery and development plan.
“Rwanda as a country has focused on the great mission of healing and development, the international community should at least support that,” Said The Minister.
The Japanese Minister blamed the genocide perpetrators for taking innocent lives, including children.
“The international community should co-operate to bring genocide perpetrators to book,” He said.
The Minister pledged further support on behalf of the Japanese government. He said Rwanda and Japan share a history of tragedies that took lives and ruined the economy, but both countries have focused on development.
Yamamoto highlighted Japan’s financial contribution towards the construction of the Global Centre for Humanity, next to the Gisozi memorial.
Yamamoto headed a Japanese delegation to Rwanda, to attend the Africa Development Bank annual meeting.