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Bill Fletcher Jr. is the immediate past president of TransAfrica Forum.
Bill Fletcher Jr. is the immediate past president of TransAfrica Forum. (Courtesy Photo)
Black America was Silent During Rwandan Genocide
Originally published April 23, 2014

It was 20 years ago this month that the monstrous Rwandan genocide unfolded. In less than 90 days, close to 1 million Rwandan Tutsis and their Hutu allies were murdered by right-wing Hutu extremists, instigated by the government of Rwanda. The scale and speed of the genocide defied imagination.more More Arrow

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