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 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.
May 22, 1999 |
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.
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 7, 2014 |
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.