April 28, 1995 |
This nation's government scrambled to regain international respectability Thursday by inviting the world to come see and investigate the horrors of Kibeho refugee camp--but it may have done as much damage as good with a macabre on-scene exhumation of bodies from mass graves. On a ridge line in the hills of southwestern Rwanda, among the dead, the dying and the filthy ruins of 80,000 displaced refugees, this was as strange an official event as could be imagined.
April 23, 1998 |
Rwandan officials announced Wednesday that they will publicly execute dozens of defendants convicted in connection with the 1994 genocide in the Central African nation--a decision that alarmed human rights groups and foreign legal experts, some of whom called on the international community to intervene to stop the killings.
January 29, 1999 |
The trip back home was supposed to be quick. Two trucks packed with refugees set out early one morning last week for the fields south of this remote provincial capital. Most of the 150 or so passengers were desperate to collect food left behind when they fled their homes during recent fighting between rebels and government troops. Food, almost always in short supply, has been particularly hard to come by after two U.N.
October 7, 2002 |
Heavy gunfire erupted around Ivory Coast's second-largest city Sunday, heralding the start of a government offensive to reclaim the rebel-held north after cease-fire efforts collapsed. Government troops riding in pickup trucks raced north toward rebels who have seized half of this once-stable West African nation since launching a bloody failed coup attempt Sept. 19.
May 11, 1995 |
Firmly positioned as the regional big brother, South Africa is hosting an international economic summit today aimed at strengthening contacts between governments and business. The 1995 Southern Africa Economic Summit will include eight presidents or heads of government and 450 business figures representing 54 countries, most of them from Africa and Europe.
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.