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April 13, 1994 | TYLER MARSHALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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May 22, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
A United Nations court in Arusha, Tanzania, sentenced former Rwandan provincial Gov. Clement Kayishema to four life sentences on four counts of genocide for his role in the deaths of more than 800,000 people in 1994. The court also handed down a sentence of 25 years in jail to businessman Obed Ruzindana on one count of genocide. The pair orchestrated massacres in Kibuye province in western Rwanda, where the most intensive killings of ethnic Tutsis by Hutu extremists occurred.
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November 29, 1996 | BOB DROGIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Louis Rutaganira jabbed his finger at the black residue that still coats the concrete walkway outside the Catholic church. "They burned people alive here," he explained. "They tied them together and threw them on burning tires." He climbed the nine semicircular stone steps leading to the church door, then paused and pointed again. "And here is where they killed my wife.
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November 29, 1996 | BOB DROGIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Louis Rutaganira jabbed his finger at the black residue that still coats the concrete walkway outside the Catholic church. "They burned people alive here," he explained. "They tied them together and threw them on burning tires." He climbed the nine semicircular stone steps leading to the church door, then paused and pointed again. "And here is where they killed my wife.
NEWS
April 18, 1994 | From Reuters
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.
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April 20, 1994 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
May 22, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
A United Nations court in Arusha, Tanzania, sentenced former Rwandan provincial Gov. Clement Kayishema to four life sentences on four counts of genocide for his role in the deaths of more than 800,000 people in 1994. The court also handed down a sentence of 25 years in jail to businessman Obed Ruzindana on one count of genocide. The pair orchestrated massacres in Kibuye province in western Rwanda, where the most intensive killings of ethnic Tutsis by Hutu extremists occurred.
NEWS
June 25, 1994 | From Associated Press
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.
NEWS
May 2, 1994 | From Reuters
"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.
WORLD
April 7, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - In scattered villages on steep green hillsides, many who killed their neighbors in Rwanda's genocide 20 years ago now live side by side with relatives of the dead. Speech that creates ethnic divisions has been outlawed. Local tribunals called gacaca courts have allowed many offenders to be released from prison in return for confessions and expressions of remorse. And a generation of young people who grew up after the mass killings embody the hope of a new breed of Rwandans who identify not by ethnicity but by nationality.
NEWS
June 25, 1994 | From Associated Press
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.
NEWS
May 2, 1994 | From Reuters
"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.
NEWS
April 20, 1994 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
April 18, 1994 | From Reuters
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.
NEWS
April 13, 1994 | TYLER MARSHALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 2000
President Clinton deserves much credit for putting Africa on the map of U.S. foreign policy. He has pushed for an international plan to write off the poorest countries' debt and battled for legislation to open U.S. markets to African imports. He went to Africa in 1998 and is going again this weekend. The president has some unfinished business there. The administration has a decidedly mixed record in trying to broker peace agreements to settle civil wars on the continent.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 2002 | KRISTINA SAUERWEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Breaking tradition and ending months of controversy, no American flags will be lowered on Glendale's city buildings during today's worldwide observance of the Armenian genocide. Instead, the foothill community--home to the highest proportion of residents of Armenian descent of any city outside of Armenia--will host an evening of educational lectures and a video, songs and an art exhibit to commemorate the most solemn day in the Armenian community.
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