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March 30, 1997 | BOB DROGIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After six months and nearly 600 miles, a long-missing group of Rwandan Hutu refugees has reached the end of the road in a sad, strange odyssey. Here in Zaire's jungle gloom, where towering trees and thick foliage block the equatorial sun, most of the refugees--who fled deeper into Zaire last year instead of returning home with hundreds of thousands of their brethren--say they have been on the run long enough. Now they want to go home.
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September 14, 1999 | MAGGIE FARLEY and DAVID LAMB, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The United Nations evacuated its besieged compound in East Timor today, flying 1,300 refugees and most of its staff to Australia. U.N. spokesmen in Dili, East Timor's provincial capital, said by phone that the evacuation had been negotiated with Indonesian authorities and that it was proceeding without incident. Among those leaving for Darwin, Australia, were 110 local and international U.N. staffers, including mission chief Ian Martin. A U.N.
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July 22, 1995 | ART PINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Western allies' plan for using air strikes to defend the Bosnian "safe area" of Gorazde has a good chance of achieving its military objective provided the allies can maintain the political will to carry it out, defense analysts here said Friday. The plan is sufficient to protect the mostly Muslim enclave--and could have been put into effect long ago, they argued. But at U.N. headquarters in New York, the plan met with skepticism. In the past, U.N.
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September 13, 1999 | DAVID LAMB, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Please, mister, I beg of you, don't leave us," an old woman named Marie said, grabbing the hand of Namibia's ambassador to the United Nations. She sobbed and caught her breath. "If you go, they will kill us. All of us." Marie said she didn't know who this man was, but he was tall and gray-bearded and wore clean clothes, and she was sure that he must be important. Maybe, just maybe, she said, he had the power to help. Was he Kofi Annan, the U.N. secretary-general? she asked.
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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.
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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 9, 1994 | JOHN BALZAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
From politician to peasant, a trickle of Rwandans have defied their old government, withstood shrill warnings of retaliation and returned home to their looted, blood-soaked country. And from what can be seen on this side of the border, away from the refugee camps in Zaire, they are glad to be here. "The fear has passed," said Laurent Ngwijabanzi, 45, a bean and banana farmer. He lives with his wife, Constantine Nyiramahne, 42, in a steep hillside village with two of their children.
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November 25, 1996 | From Times Wire Reports
Western military leaders meeting in Stuttgart, Germany, agreed on scenarios to help refugees in Zaire. But they did not specify how many troops might be needed under any of the options, which must now go to political leaders for consideration. They also did not say where a mission could be based or what soldiers' rules of engagement might be. Lt. Gen.
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November 22, 1996 | BOB DROGIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After three weeks hiking through thick jungle and across jagged lava fields, Misti Bihirimati and hundreds of other hungry and exhausted refugees straggled into this beleaguered border town Thursday. But his plea for help was for those left behind in the Zairian interior. "There are many people in the mountains without food," the 43-year-old Hutu said. "They are very tired. And many are dying." The question is how many--and where? But the answers are politically charged and far from clear.
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September 13, 1999 | DAVID LAMB, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Please, mister, I beg of you, don't leave us," an old woman named Marie said, grabbing the hand of Namibia's ambassador to the United Nations. She sobbed and caught her breath. "If you go, they will kill us. All of us." Marie said she didn't know who this man was, but he was tall and gray-bearded and wore clean clothes, and she was sure that he must be important. Maybe, just maybe, she said, he had the power to help. Was he Kofi Annan, the U.N. secretary-general? she asked.
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July 28, 1997 | JUANITA DARLING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Five months of nights tossing on the concrete floor of a brightly lighted auditorium and days playing in a makeshift refugee camp's mud and open sewers left Alejandro Perez's 2-year-old daughter shaking with fever. Desperate for money to take her to a big-city hospital, Perez defied Colombia's brutal private militias. Last month, he and his 16-year-old nephew returned to his farm near the Panama border to harvest timber.
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June 4, 1997 | From Reuters
The U.N. refugee agency urged Congo President Laurent Kabila and other African leaders Tuesday to take steps to protect Rwandan refugees in the wake of the killing last week of an aid worker and four refugees in the eastern Congo. Spokeswoman Pam O'Toole said the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees is suspending its aid work at Karuba, near Goma, where Kabila's soldiers reportedly carried out the May 29 shooting.
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March 30, 1997 | BOB DROGIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After six months and nearly 600 miles, a long-missing group of Rwandan Hutu refugees has reached the end of the road in a sad, strange odyssey. Here in Zaire's jungle gloom, where towering trees and thick foliage block the equatorial sun, most of the refugees--who fled deeper into Zaire last year instead of returning home with hundreds of thousands of their brethren--say they have been on the run long enough. Now they want to go home.
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November 25, 1996 | From Times Wire Reports
Western military leaders meeting in Stuttgart, Germany, agreed on scenarios to help refugees in Zaire. But they did not specify how many troops might be needed under any of the options, which must now go to political leaders for consideration. They also did not say where a mission could be based or what soldiers' rules of engagement might be. Lt. Gen.
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November 22, 1996 | BOB DROGIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After three weeks hiking through thick jungle and across jagged lava fields, Misti Bihirimati and hundreds of other hungry and exhausted refugees straggled into this beleaguered border town Thursday. But his plea for help was for those left behind in the Zairian interior. "There are many people in the mountains without food," the 43-year-old Hutu said. "They are very tired. And many are dying." The question is how many--and where? But the answers are politically charged and far from clear.
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November 21, 1996 | BOB DROGIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the gloom of the battered stucco house that soldiers gave her last year, Janviere Mungorewero grimly recounted Wednesday how Hutu militias butchered her sister and her sister's five children two years ago. "Now the people who did the killing are coming back," she said softly, fear etched on her face. Charlie Juma, owner of the house, paced nervously outside.
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September 6, 1994 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Though another panicky flight of Rwandans may be the outcome, Rwanda's government began a three-stage operation Monday to quickly assert its authority in the U.N.-policed "safe zone," where fears of its wrath and rule triggered an exodus last month.
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August 8, 1994 | JOHN BALZAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Even as the stakes for hundreds of thousands are rising, even as a whole season of crops is ripening and threatening to rot in the fields of Rwanda, the most important question for refugees cannot be answered. Are they safe going home to Rwanda? In the last three days, a swirl of fresh rumors has swept the refugee camps here: Ethnic Hutus are facing retaliatory attacks when they try to return home after their bitter civil war with the minority Tutsis.
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July 22, 1995 | ART PINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Western allies' plan for using air strikes to defend the Bosnian "safe area" of Gorazde has a good chance of achieving its military objective provided the allies can maintain the political will to carry it out, defense analysts here said Friday. The plan is sufficient to protect the mostly Muslim enclave--and could have been put into effect long ago, they argued. But at U.N. headquarters in New York, the plan met with skepticism. In the past, U.N.
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July 22, 1995 | TRACY WILKINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
While the West threatened to get tough, Bosnian Serbs on Friday renewed their heavy mortar fire on the U.N.-protected enclave of Zepa and attacked three other "safe areas," U.N. and government sources said. The Bosnian Serbs resumed their week-old offensive against Zepa after negotiations for the surrender of its Muslim defenders collapsed.
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