October 11, 1998 |
Rebels shot down a jetliner carrying more than 40 passengers and crew in eastern Congo on Saturday, firing a missile that hit one of the plane's rear engines, and rescuers were searching through dense jungle for survivors, according to airline officials. Both rebels and Congolese officials said the Boeing 727 belonging to the private Congolese Airlines (CAL) was downed around Kindu, a stronghold town of forces backing President Laurent Kabila.
August 20, 1994 |
Fearing that another Goma is about to consume their country, Zairian authorities threatened to close the border from Rwanda and to try to halt an ever-growing tide of refugees, the U.N. refugee office said Friday. Already, about 136,000 Rwandans have moved across the Rusizi River from Rwanda into Bukavu, Zaire--with only 56,000 of them now contained in camps and the rest clogging this onetime resort city. Raw sewage is running in the streets, and diseases are spreading. The Office of the U.N.
January 1, 1995 |
Twenty-five miles from the highway, down a bone-rattling dirt road, near the murky river that forms the Liberian border, Jonathan Waah Howe stood in silent frustration while sacks of rice were loaded onto other refugees' heads and carried away. For reasons he did not understand, Howe was not among those getting the food handout, leaving him and dozens of other Liberian refugees to beg, buy, borrow and maybe steal to get by.
October 20, 1994 |
The Rwandan government denounced Foreign Minister Jean-Marie Ndagijimana on Wednesday, accusing him of fleeing to Paris with $187,000 needed to pay the bills of its embassy in Washington and its U.N. mission in New York.
May 24, 1994 |
The church was always safe. Everyone in Rukara knew that. It was the one place people could go when the Tutsis and Hutus started killing each other, as they have done periodically over the last 35 years--the one sanctuary that both sides honored.
August 22, 1998 |
When it comes to bad guys in sub-Saharan Africa, it is hard to find one so universally despised as the government of Sudan. Despite deep sympathy for the country's starving thousands, its neighbors hate the regime in Khartoum. Many of its own people do too. And for the better part of five years, so has the U.S. government, which took the extraordinary step Thursday night of launching a missile attack on a suspected chemical weapons factory in the Sudanese capital.
August 14, 1992 |
Foreign Minister Roelof F. (Pik) Botha said South Africa's white government accepted a U.N. report recommending ways to halt political violence and urging a resumption of talks on non-racial rule. The report was prepared by the U.N. special envoy and veteran U.S. diplomat, Cyrus R. Vance, after a visit to South Africa in late July and approved by U.N. Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali Aug. 6.
July 8, 1991 |
The historic convention of the African National Congress, which ended early Sunday, removed any doubt that supporters of the onetime guerrilla movement are committed to negotiations--but are also deeply suspicious of the white-controlled government. The result of that militant pragmatism is likely to be renewed clashes with the government over ANC protest marches and resistance campaigns, such as the occupation of empty white schools by pupils in severely overcrowded black schools.
December 26, 1998 |
The contagious sound of laughter and cheerful chatter greets teacher Julia Mukamutari on most mornings as she strolls past the local prison on her daily errands. On a typical morning, she waved at the throng of sweaty bodies crushed up against the bars of the jail. Some of the lean, adolescent figures smiled and waved back. Mukamutari knows them personally. Many of them used to be her students.
February 9, 1990 |
The government said Thursday that the security concerns holding up the release of jailed nationalist leader Nelson R. Mandela include threats against his life from both radical left-wing blacks and right-wing whites. "We want him to get out of that prison and walk the streets of our country as a free man . . . and alive," said Adriaan Vlok, the government minister of law and order.