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.
January 21, 1996 |
Burundi government troops killed about 20 Rwandan Hutus and wounded scores in an attack on a refugee camp in northeast Burundi that sparked an exodus of thousands of refugees, witnesses said Saturday. As many as 14,000 terrified refugees fled the shooting into Tanzania, already home to more than 700,000 Hutus who fled civil war in Rwanda in 1994. Tanzania appealed for international help to deal with the new influx of refugees.
November 27, 1996 |
Thousands of Rwandan refugees reached the border town of Goma after new rebel attacks on Hutu militias broke their hold over the refugees. The 5,000 road-weary refugees followed Hutu militias deeper into Zaire when rebels attacked two weeks ago. But when rebels challenged the Hutu militias at Walikale, 80 miles west of Goma, the fighters fled west and the refugees fled east, toward home.
August 27, 1995 |
Little children ran out of houses and village elderly stood by the road to greet a handful of Rwandan refugees returning home Saturday for the first time since they fled to Zaire during last year's civil war. "Welcome, welcome," villagers said to the small group who returned voluntarily to their commune in Gishiye in Rwanda's northwestern border region after the United Nations' refugee agency negotiated an end to Zaire's forced expulsions. The voluntary U.N.
August 23, 1995 |
Setting fire to huts and looting aid camps, Zairian soldiers forced thousands of refugees back to Rwanda on Tuesday. An additional 60,000 refugees fled into the hills to escape the expulsions. U.N. spokesman Ron Redmond said the removal of refugees from camps in eastern Zaire could turn into a disaster if not stopped. Despite protests from Rwanda and the United Nations, Zaire gave no indication it is going to slow the exodus that sent 10,000 Rwandans across the border Tuesday.
August 26, 1995 |
The United Nations regained jurisdiction over Rwanda's 1.2 million refugees Friday, but its plan to resume sending them home took off sluggishly. Even allowing time to smooth the rough spots, this week's sound and fury over resettlement of exiled ethnic Hutus has served to remind the nations of this Central African region, and the developed world, that peaceful resolution of this predicament could take a year--more likely years.
April 27, 1995 |
Could these be the same Rwandan refugees we have been watching all these months? They moved through a reception line on Wednesday with stacks of fresh biscuits and plastic jugs of water, holding tickets for a hot meal. Children and mothers were called for measles vaccinations. Families spread blankets on the grass and ate lunch as if having a picnic. And there was something else in the air: a trace of eagerness. After eight months, they were coming back. "We are tired of camps.
April 28, 1995 |
This nation's government scrambled to regain international respectability Thursday by inviting the world to come see and investigate the horrors of Kibeho refugee camp--but it may have done as much damage as good with a macabre on-scene exhumation of bodies from mass graves. On a ridge line in the hills of southwestern Rwanda, among the dead, the dying and the filthy ruins of 80,000 displaced refugees, this was as strange an official event as could be imagined.
January 8, 1995 |
Leaders of seven East and Central African countries adopted a strategy Saturday to combat insecurity in the aftermath of Rwanda's genocide and to encourage more than 2 million refugees to go home. Meanwhile, shooting broke out Saturday in a refugee camp in southern Rwanda, killing at least 12 people and wounding 36, a U.N. source said. The incident was the worst single case of violence yet in the refugee camps throughout the region.
August 18, 1994 |
On this day, there are only 20,000 to 30,000 of them on the road out of southwestern Rwanda: children carrying babies on their backs, old women trembling on weak knees, mothers carrying reed mats for sleeping--and perhaps dying--on. All have the same wide-open, fearful stare. For 100 mountainous miles to the east and 75 miles to the north, long columns of refugees are traveling the two roads out of the U.N.-protected "safe zone" in Rwanda and toward the remote Zairian border town of Bukavu.