March 3, 1999 |
Eight adventure tourists in Uganda, including an American couple, were killed by their Rwandan captors in the rain forest made famous by "Gorillas in the Mist," and a survivor said Tuesday that the rebels hacked some victims to death with machetes. In Washington, State Department spokesman James Foley called the Monday attack "about as abominable a crime as one can imagine--hostage-taking [and] coldblooded murder of hostages." Four Britons and two New Zealanders were also killed.
January 30, 1999 |
At least 185 civilians have been killed in southern Burundi in the past two weeks, villagers said, accusing the army of murdering most of them. The army vigorously denied that it had killed civilians and blamed ethnic Hutu rebels for the attack. The killings, in the southern province of Makamba, coincided with the resumption of peace talks aimed at ending Burundi's five-year ethnic conflict. About 150,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed since 1993.
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.
December 15, 1998 |
A Rwandan militia leader pleaded guilty before a United Nations court Monday to charges of genocide and crimes against humanity for his role in the 1994 massacres of more than 800,000 people. He was formally convicted by the court's panel of three judges, who said the sentencing process will start Jan. 29.
August 3, 1998 |
Hutu rebels armed with machetes and clubs hacked to death at least 110 people in attacks northwest of Kigali, the capital, a Rwandan army commander said. The attackers, who included residents from the area, burned down a local official's house, Col. Fred Ibingira said. Wallis Gasamagera, the top official in a Kigali prefecture, said the local Hutu population had asked for guns to defend themselves against Hutu rebel attacks.
April 12, 1998 |
Twenty-four people died in an attack in a village 20 miles southwest of the capital, Kigali, the independent Rwanda News Agency reported. The attack brings to 125 the number of people who have been killed in a spate of violence that began Tuesday night. The agency said the attack was believed to have been carried out by Hutu militia. Officials quoted survivors as saying the attackers were dressed in military uniforms.
March 27, 1998 |
Hutu rebels killed five high school students during attacks on two schools in northwestern Rwanda, where Hutu violence is increasing, a local official said Thursday. One of the attacks occurred Wednesday while President Clinton was in the capital, Kigali, promising to help Rwandans bring stability to their country, recovering from a 1994 genocide. The attacks were on schools in neighboring villages in a Hutu rebel stronghold about 55 miles northwest of Kigali.
March 24, 1998 |
Hutu rebels kidnapped seven Roman Catholic nuns and killed 20 civilians in two attacks, said army Capt. Peter Karimba in Gisenyi. He said 30 to 40 rebels attacked a church-run health center at 3 a.m., killing three civilians and taking the seven nuns hostage. Two hours later, 100 rebels attacked Kanama, 10 miles to the east, burning the local government building and killing 17 civilians, he said.
February 11, 1998 |
Hutu rebels armed with farming tools hacked 58 people to death after sneaking into northwestern Rwanda, a government official said Tuesday. The rebels attacked the village of Ngugo, near the border town of Gisenyi in western Rwanda, on Friday and started massacring people in their homes, Gisenyi Gov. Jean-Baptiste Muhirwa said. "They indiscriminately hacked to death babies, women, children, old people, regardless of whether they were Tutsi or Hutu," Muhirwa said.