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August 23, 1995 | From Associated Press
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.
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August 26, 1995 | JOHN BALZAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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April 27, 1995 | JOHN BALZAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
April 28, 1995 | JOHN BALZAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
January 8, 1995 | From Times Wire Services
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.
NEWS
August 18, 1994 | JOHN BALZAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
August 12, 1994 | Associated Press
Aid officials trying to find relatives for orphans and displaced Rwandan refugee children are hoping a huge photo album will help. Eastman Kodak Co. agreed Thursday to donate 600 rolls of film and process photographs of up to 10,000 orphans or children separated from their parents during the flight from Rwanda, a U.N. aid official said. The U.N. Children's Fund plans to compile the photos in a book that will be available to parents or relatives searching for their children.
NEWS
August 12, 1994 | JOHN BALZAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Just down the road is the border between Rwanda and Zaire. On this side are the flowers of virgin, mountain forests; on the other are raw city sewers and teeming alleys. There is no middle ground. These days, in these parts, every step leads to the extreme. This is a place where brutal tyrants have become meek, shoeless refugees, where victimizers are transformed into victims, where black Africans turn in desperation to white Europeans for the only help there is.
NEWS
August 30, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Hutu zealots killed another Hutu refugee who had urged Rwandans to return home, continuing a deadly campaign of intimidation in Zaire's teeming refugee camps. The unidentified man was beaten and stoned to death Saturday in the Kitaku refugee camp, Ray Wilkinson, a spokesman for the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, said.
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August 7, 1994 | Associated Press
The United Nations sent blankets, soap and water cans to aid stations along the road into Rwanda on Saturday in a stepped-up effort to help refugees straggling home. In the crowded camps around Goma, aid workers resumed food distribution in one of the largest settlements at Katale, lifting a one-day suspension prompted by deadly clashes between refugees and pilfering Zairian soldiers. U.N.
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