Archbishop of Canterbury George Leonard Carey has hailed Rwandans and their leaders for the efforts that have seen the country grow at a very commendable rate of development, twenty years after the Genocide.
The retired bishop was received by President Paul Kagame on May 6th. He returned to Rwanda after 19 years, where he paid a courtesy call to the president in company of other UK officials.
Lord George Carey who is remembered as the first Anglican Archbishop to ordain women priests, commended Rwanda’s policy on gender equality.
He said Rwanda has responded magnificently and was a strong, vibrant, buoyant country that is going in the right direction.
“Majority of people back in the UK probably don’t even know genocide happened here and that is why we have to re-awaken their memories. We think of the genocide in Germany, Cambodia, and Armenia and people forget quite easily. We do terrible things to one another and that is part of human nature and we have to overcome them.” Carey said.
Bishop Carey said that Rwanda’s emphasis on gender equality is very good and a modern trend for governance. “I would like to encourage President Kagame to maintain his enthusiasm because he is doing a great thing” he said
Carey pledged to continue playing a role, especially through TEAR Fund, in helping Rwandans improve their lives.