August 1, 1994 |
Defense Secretary William J. Perry said after an inspection here Sunday that U.S. soldiers may be deployed for "a year or longer" to help more than 1 million Rwandan refugees facing death and disease in nightmarish camps along the Zairian border. Perry said that the 1,000 Americans now deployed in Zaire, Rwanda, Kenya and Uganda as part of Operation Support Hope are on "a humanitarian mission" to alleviate the suffering of the refugees and to help them return home.
July 30, 1994 |
President Clinton ordered 200 U.S. troops to Rwanda on Friday to reopen the airport in Kigali, the nation's capital. Officials insisted that American forces will be used solely for humanitarian aid and will not be drawn into peacekeeping operations. "The United States must do more," Clinton said at a White House news conference earlier in the day.
November 15, 1994 |
Purple wildflowers and weeds now shroud the unmarked mass graves. The once grisly dump trucks cart mounds of garbage, not corpses. Fresh water gushes from countless taps, and the rain-washed air is clean and clear. Ambulances rush the sick to some of Africa's best-equipped hospitals, where they are treated by experts from around the world.
December 14, 1997 |
Screams of agony ripped through the silence that had blanketed Rwanda's northwestern Mudende refugee camp as darkness fell and hundreds of rebels brandishing machetes, guns and nail-studded clubs descended upon the refugees, most of them asleep under makeshift tents of plastic sheeting. Rangwida Ugiriwabo watched in horror as her husband and four children were shot to death, then she scrambled for safety inside a nearby bush.
August 2, 1994 |
From the road, about 50 yards away, it looked like a busy construction site. A huge, yellow front-end loader belched black diesel smoke and roared about, while a smaller backhoe growled as it dug nearby. But up close, I found the final horror of the Rwandan refugee nightmare the most grotesque scene in nearly two weeks of witnessing unimaginable pain and death. Especially death.
September 16, 1994 |
Foaming at the mouth and panting, the parched and emaciated boy lay on an olive-drab stretcher, the body inside his yellow-and-red T-shirt wasted down to the size of a healthy 2-year-old. Cpl. Kevin Kus, 37, held a thick syringe of solution of rehydration salts in his hands, squeezing it drip by drip into the clear plastic tube that led into the boy's nose. A father himself, the small, stocky soldier from Sheffield, England, was stunned at how small the 5-year-old Rwandan had become.
July 22, 1994 |
The acrid stench of death filled the air here Thursday, as hundreds upon hundreds of corpses--a few here, a dozen a few yards farther, 25 more just beyond--lined dusty roads and littered the cruel fields of what has become the world's closest glimpse of hell.
July 24, 1994 |
Desperately needed food and water finally arrived at this nightmarish camp for 150,000 sick and weakened Rwandan refugees Saturday, but the living literally had to walk over and around the dead to reach it. Corpses of cholera victims, many of them uncovered and rotting in the hot African sun, piled up on this desolate volcanic wasteland.
July 27, 1994 |
U.S. diplomatic and military officials, fending off criticism that American shipments of food and medicine to Rwandan refugees have come too little and too late, said Tuesday that the crisis is showing signs of abating. "It's not too late for the living," said J. Brian Atwood, administrator of the Agency for International Development, an arm of the State Department. He noted that some of the 1.
October 20, 1996 |
More than 46,000 Burundian and Rwandan refugees fled their camps in eastern Zaire because of a flare-up in fighting between Zairian troops and an ethnic Tutsi group. The Zairian army and the Tutsi group, known as Banyamulenge, clashed near a refugee camp 30 miles north of Uvira, a U.N. spokesman said. No independent confirmation or details of the fighting were available. The Banyamulenge immigrated to eastern Zaire from Rwanda beginning in the 18th century.