quote:'I was the government of the United States in 1994' (when Rwanda Genocide took place), former US President Bill Clinton said Saturday, as he recalled his personal failure to stop the worst human catastrophe in recent history.
"I feel a special commitment because of the way Rwandans reacted. I didn't express the regrets of my government, I expressed regrets for my personal failure," Clinton admitted during his last leg of a five-Africa nation tour.
He became the first world leader to express remorse for having not stopped the Genocide during his first visit to the country in 1998 when he was still the president.
And it is partly because of this blunder, he said, that he couldn't ignore Rwanda in his global anti-Aids initiative, the Clinton Foundation.
Since 2002, the Clinton Foundation HIV/Aids Initiative has been assisting countries in implementing large-scale, integrated care, treatment and prevention programs, has provided access to prices for HIV/Aids drugs and diagnostics that are 50-90 percent lower than market rates. Approximately 40 countries have access to medicines and tests under the Clinton Foundation's agreements.
Before coming to Rwanda for his third visit, Clinton visited Mozambique, Lesotho, Tanzania and Kenya. He also visited the country in 2002.
This has been a "theory" for many years given the high spread of AIDS in Africa amoung both homosexuals and heterosexuals. While in America and other Western countries the growth rate is slower amoung heterosexuals. So this may be the first step to fully proving that theory.
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