U.N. admits 'shame' over Rwanda genocide

Apr 08, 2014, 12:22 AM EDT
n this handout photo provided by the United Nations, Rwandan President Paul Kagame meets with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (L) at the president's office on April 6, 2014 in Urugwiro Village, Kigali, Rwanda.
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The U.N. is still ashamed over its failure to prevent the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, UN chief Ban Ki-moon has said. He was addressing thousands of people in the capital, Kigali, as Rwanda began a week of official mourning to mark the 20th anniversary of the genocide. Many people were overcome by emotion during the ceremony, with some suffering fits. At least 800,000 people - mostly ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus - died at the hands of Hutu extremists.
Rwanda genocide: U.N. ashamed, says Ban Ki-moon [BBC]
Rwandans told 'never again', 20 years after genocide [Reuters]