October 25, 1997 |
Soldiers with this central African nation's mainly Tutsi army packed 40 people into a rural school and tossed a grenade inside, killing them all, a witness said. Salvator Singirankabo, a resident of Kibezi, 20 miles south of the capital of Bujumbura, said he saw the killings Monday. The soldiers had come to the region to flush out Hutu rebels who had burned 18 schools a week ago. Maj.
May 5, 1997 |
More than 100 Hutu refugees suffocated or were crushed to death Sunday in a train carrying them from a refugee camp in Zaire to be airlifted home to Rwanda, a U.N. official said. Aid workers and journalists saw dozens of bodies tumbling from open railroad cars as the train carrying them from Biaro, about 25 miles away, pulled into Kisangani station in northeastern Zaire. The weak, children and dozens of desperately ill adults aboard had been forced to the bottom of the cars in the crush.
April 19, 1997 |
In an ominous development threatening more than 100,000 exhausted Rwandan refugees facing starvation and disease in eastern Zaire, rebels blocked the United Nations on Friday from starting a massive airlift to carry them home. The Hutu refugees have been on the run since 1994 and are on their last legs, dying at a rate of about 60 a day, although that rate is half that reported earlier this month. Officials of the Office of the U.N.
February 23, 1997 |
Unidentified gunmen in eastern Rwanda killed 21 members of the Hutu majority, most of them children, who returned late last year from Tanzania, neighbors said Saturday. The neighbors, who declined to be identified, said they heard screams and gunshots about midnight Thursday and in the morning found 11 dead at one house and 10 dead at another 150 yards away. The 21 people--five adults and 16 children--had been shot to death. They were all Hutus, the majority ethnic group.
January 20, 1997 |
Aid workers packed to leave this northwestern town Sunday after Hutu militants executed three of their Spanish colleagues and wounded an American in the most serious rebel assault in Rwanda in more than two years. The victims of Saturday night's attack on three aid offices were medical volunteers with the Spanish branch of Doctors of the World. Three Rwandan soldiers also died. There was no report of casualties from the other two aid groups hit--Doctors Without Borders and Save the Children.
January 8, 1997 |
Hutu militants, some infiltrating Rwanda among returning refugees, have carried out massacres inside the country and cross-border raids, government and aid sources say. As many as 50 people have been killed since Christmas. The incidents indicate that a low-level conflict continues between Rwanda's Tutsi-dominated army and Hutus linked to the former government army.
December 24, 1996
Rwandan authorities have arrested at least 500 Hutu refugees accused of genocide among the 340,000 who have returned from Tanzania this month, U.N. officials said. Anne Willem Bijleveld, an official with the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, said the refugees were arrested in northeastern Rwanda in connection with the 1994 genocide of about 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus. A Hutu refugee lobby group said the returnees were being arrested on the basis of false testimony.
December 23, 1996 |
Residents of Buchaganzwa in eastern Burundi said 250 civilians were killed with guns and bayonets when the Tutsi-led Burundian army launched attacks aimed at armed Hutu rebels there last month. Travelers from the area who arrived in Bujumbura, the capital, over the weekend said the Nov. 15 massacre caused thousands to flee across the border into neighboring Tanzania. Officials in Bujumbura said that only 19 people were killed in army operations in the area last month.
November 29, 1996 |
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.
November 26, 1996 |
Tutsi rebels massacred more than 300 Rwandan and Burundian Hutu refugees at a camp 25 miles southwest of Bukavu, a provincial capital, local Zairians said. Residents of nearby Kakinda village and a survivor said that on Nov. 17 up to 40 rebels gathered 310 refugees at Chimanga camp--saying they would be repatriated--and then set off a mortar or a grenade. Others from the camp were shot to death.