My Speech on the 20th Anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide

On Saturday, April 12, I was honoured to be asked to speak to the Edmonton Rwandese Community on the 20th Anniversary of the horrific Rwandan Genocide. Below are my speaking notes:   Thank you for the kind introduction.   American Civil Rights Leader Martin Luther King once said: “History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people”.   He was of course talking about African Americans’ struggle for equality and civil rights in the southern United States in the 1960s.  His words, however, would have been equally applicable to the 100 days of genocide in Rwanda in the spring and early summer of 1994.     Unlike most African countries, Rwanda is not made up of hundreds of warring or even competing tribes.   Rwanda is made up…