September 11, 1995 |
Each Sunday, Africa's Catholics tread paths along rough roads, through mud and dust and heat in their best clothes, to fill the day with exuberant songs of worship. Sometimes, though, they tread more ominous paths. Just a year ago, hundreds of thousands of African Catholics were butchered--mostly by other Roman Catholics--and the walls of their churches remain stained with blood today. Some African Catholics deliver the milk of kindness to the infernal reaches.
June 25, 1994 |
French troops pushing deeper into western Rwanda reported finding mass graves Friday, the second day of their mercy mission. The French are offering protection to refugees from the ethnic slaughter that has convulsed this central African nation for more than two months. More French troops joined the mission Friday, crossing over from bases in Zaire.
May 2, 1994 |
"This can only be compared to what the Nazis did," says Marcel Gerin, a Belgian rancher in Rwanda who for three weeks fled Hutu militias and witnessed their massacres. The attacks are the work of the Interahamwe (Those who attack together) militias: people sliced to pieces with machetes and axes, skulls crushed with rocks, children tied in sacks and tossed into rivers.
April 20, 1994 |
Killing frenzies and large-scale massacres are spreading from the Rwandan capital of Kigali to many parts of the anarchic hinterland, Roman Catholic missionaries here said Tuesday. Amid new fighting and the shelling of refugees in Kigali, missionaries devoted to what is nominally Africa's most Catholic country told of heartbreak and heroism in a tortured land. A Spanish nun recounted how hospital patients paid their executioners for swift death.
April 18, 1994 |
Rwandan soldiers raped and hacked to death civilians while battles with rebels raged for an 11th day in the capital city of Kigali after the breakdown of cease-fire talks, witnesses said Sunday. "It is like the mayhem has gathered pace. There are massacres all over the place. The army's delight is to murder civilians, while civilians turn on each other in ethnic revenge," said one witness trapped in Kigali.
April 13, 1994 |
Belgian nationals fleeing from the violence in Rwanda returned home early Tuesday, carrying with them tales that detailed the horrors that have swept the Central African nation for the past week. Fighting erupted after the country's president, Juvenal Habyarimana, along with the president of neighboring Burundi, Cyprian Ntayamira, was killed in a plane crash, apparently after the craft was hit by rocket fire near the airport at Kigali, the Rwandan capital.