US envoy to focus on genocide prevention in Africa

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Associated Press

Posted on April 4, 2014 at 7:02 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 4 at 10:04 PM

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power says she's going to Africa not just to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Rwanda genocide but to spotlight ethnic killings in Central African Republic and the potential for violence in Burundi.

Power said in an interview Friday with The Associated Press that "in the world today, we're seeing far too many victims of ethnic and religiously motivated violence and hate."

Power, a strong human rights advocate, is leading the U.S. delegation to the Rwanda commemoration starting Sunday evening and will then go to Burundi, where she said there are "very worrying signs of ethnic exclusion and oppression emerging."

She will then visit the Central African Republic, where she said the situation "is extremely alarming" with many Muslims killed by armed Christian militants.

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