November 22, 1996 |
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.
November 21, 1996 |
Plans for a Canadian-led international relief mission to Central Africa moved ahead Wednesday despite a continuing dispute over whether it is still needed. "The brakes are not on, the operation is not on hold," Canadian Deputy Foreign Minister Gordon Smith told reporters here after a meeting of U.N. officials, representatives of nations contributing to the proposed expedition and African delegates.
November 20, 1996 |
The Clinton administration, clearly relieved by a surge of Rwandan refugees heading home, sharply scaled back its Central African relief program Tuesday, canceling plans to send a battalion of paratroopers and deciding instead to dispatch a small contingent of support personnel. Defense Secretary William J.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 14, 1995 |
Braving the drizzle at Long Beach Airport on Wednesday, schoolchildren watched workers load about 70,000 shoe boxes filled with toys onto a cargo plane headed for Bosnia, Rwanda and other war-torn areas, where children with a lot more than bad weather on their minds will receive the gifts.
July 2, 1995 |
Steve McCall, chief of staff of the U.S. Agency for International Development, blasted U.N. and other agencies for "doing a miserable job" in Rwanda and said they should adapt or be replaced. McCall singled out the United Nations Development Program and the World Bank for being ineffective in responding to Rwanda's post-war needs. Up to a million Tutsis and Hutus were massacred last year during a four-month civil war.
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.