Rwandan president addresses critics in Yale lecture

During a lecture on Sept. 20 at Sheffield-Sterling-Strathcona Hall, Paul Kagame, the president of the Republic of Rwanda, urged his audience of about 300 people to be skeptical of perceptions of his country put forth by the media and international human rights groups.

He urged his audience to seek to understand his country’s complexity and its history.

“Don’t just read an op-ed or sign an online petition and assume that that is the end of the story,” he said. “To lead the world and to make it better, you first must better understand it. Be as humble as you are curious.”