October 30, 1996 |
Hundreds of people were killed in fighting between Banyamulenge Tutsi rebels and Zairian troops in the eastern Zairian city of Uvira, refugees reported. As many as 1,500 ethnic Hutus, rivals of the Tutsis, crossed the border from Zaire into Burundi and provided the first eyewitness accounts of fighting in Uvira. They said rebels seized the city Friday, and that Uvira had been thoroughly looted and now lacked food, medicine and water.
October 29, 1996 |
The Rwandan government launched a diplomatic and public-relations offensive Monday to refute widespread suspicions that it has actively supported insurgents fighting in neighboring Zaire, or that Rwanda's troops attacked a crowded refugee camp over the weekend.
October 28, 1996 |
Advancing Tutsi rebel forces captured new territory Sunday in eastern Zaire as heavy fighting sent Zairian troops and panicked civilians in chaotic retreat and increased tensions in an area suffering the worst fighting in months in strife-torn Central Africa.
October 25, 1996 |
An exodus of 300,000 Hutu refugees from camps in eastern Zaire grew more chaotic Thursday as rumors spread that Tutsi rebels were planning to attack the provincial capital. U.N. aid workers in that city, Bukavu, where 80,000 refugees were reported to have arrived Thursday, said Zairian troops were setting up roadblocks and warning people of an impending assault.
October 22, 1996 |
Fighting between Zairian troops and ethnic Tutsis has reportedly prompted more than 220,000 Hutu refugees to flee camps in eastern Zaire. U.N. refugee agency spokesman Paul Stromberg said Zairian troops hired by the United Nations to protect the refugees reported that all 12 camps near the town of Uvira were empty and that nearby villages were abandoned after a third day of heavy fighting in the area. Most of the refugees had originally fled ethnic violence in Burundi.
October 14, 1996 |
About 20,000 Hutu refugees from Burundi fled their camp in eastern Zaire on Sunday after it was attacked by armed men who killed four of them, aid officials said. The assailants were believed to be Banyamulenge, a Tutsi clan recently ordered out of Zaire by provincial authorities after up to 200 years of living abroad, some of the sources said. "Four refugees were killed and six wounded in the attack on Runingo camp," a U.N. source said.
August 29, 1995 |
The Rwandan refugee crisis worsened Monday when Rwanda's prime minister unexpectedly left office and mine and grenade blasts rocked Rwandan refugee areas in eastern Zaire. Diplomats said Faustin Twagiramungu, a moderate Hutu, resigned to protest reported killings by the Tutsi-led Rwandan army, but the office director for President Pasteur Bizimungu said the prime minister had been fired.
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.
August 24, 1994 |
Thousands of Rwandan refugees packed their bags and headed out of Bukavu on Tuesday as tempers in the increasingly filthy and congested Zairian town became more and more frayed. From early morning, there was a steady flow of Hutus out of the city center going toward Hongo, a new campsite opening up for 80,000 people on the wind-swept shores of Lake Kivu. "People are clearing out of town incredibly fast," said Jane Pope of the CARE charity's Canadian branch.
August 23, 1994 |
Rwanda's ousted Hutu government has regrouped here on the Zairian border and is feebly rattling its rusty bloodstained saber. Even as more Rwandans continue to file out of their country into semi-permanent refugee camps in Zaire, their shadowy, besieged, seldom-seen president and Cabinet are meeting and aspiring to a comeback. Maybe soon. Maybe in 30 years. Who can know? "It is a good thing the population has come along with the government.