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August 10, 1994 | JOHN BALZAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Death we have seen, and by the numbing long ton. But imagine this other ordeal: being left alone in the world with nothing. Sick, naked, wet in a pool of your own uncontrollable excrement, too weak to do anything except tremble. Not a possession, no family or friends, no country, perhaps not even a name you can remember. "And these are the lucky ones.
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June 16, 2000 | From Associated Press
A Roman Catholic bishop accused of helping orchestrate the 1994 slaughter of more than 800,000 Rwandans was cleared of genocide charges Thursday and set free. A court ruled that the prosecution failed to prove that Augustin Misago had participated in meetings during which Rwanda's former extremist Hutu government formulated plans to kill minority Tutsis.
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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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June 1, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Rwandan Hutu rebels have killed at least four people in raids into northwestern Rwanda from neighboring Congo, the army said. The rebels, most of whom fled to Congo after taking part in the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, attacked a tiny hamlet near the border town of Gisenyi on May 24, killing between four and six people, a Rwandan army spokesman said. The rebels, who fled back into Congo after the attack, are believed to also be responsible for two other raids last week.
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December 14, 1997 | ANN M. SIMMONS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Screams of agony ripped through the silence that had blanketed Rwanda's northwestern Mudende refugee camp as darkness fell and hundreds of rebels brandishing machetes, guns and nail-studded clubs descended upon the refugees, most of them asleep under makeshift tents of plastic sheeting. Rangwida Ugiriwabo watched in horror as her husband and four children were shot to death, then she scrambled for safety inside a nearby bush.
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April 18, 1994 | From Reuters
Rwandan soldiers raped and hacked to death civilians while battles with rebels raged for an 11th day in the capital city of Kigali after the breakdown of cease-fire talks, witnesses said Sunday. "It is like the mayhem has gathered pace. There are massacres all over the place. The army's delight is to murder civilians, while civilians turn on each other in ethnic revenge," said one witness trapped in Kigali.
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April 10, 1994 | JAMES GERSTENZANG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Under cover of darkness, Americans fled escalating warfare in Rwanda by convoy late Saturday, a senior U.S. official said, while hundreds of U.S. Marines gathered in neighboring Burundi to help rescue foreigners from the ethnic bloodletting and civil war. With a cease-fire between Rwanda's rival Tutsi and Hutus quickly falling apart, President Clinton expressed concern about the "tragic situation" and about the safety of the approximately 250 U.S. citizens in the small Central African nation.
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December 26, 1998 | ANN M. SIMMONS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The contagious sound of laughter and cheerful chatter greets teacher Julia Mukamutari on most mornings as she strolls past the local prison on her daily errands. On a typical morning, she waved at the throng of sweaty bodies crushed up against the bars of the jail. Some of the lean, adolescent figures smiled and waved back. Mukamutari knows them personally. Many of them used to be her students.
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July 31, 1994 | From Associated Press
The first U.S. troops landed in the Rwandan capital Saturday to secure the airport for an expanded international aid effort. The next step is encouraging millions of scared, displaced people to return home. President Clinton on Friday ordered 200 U.S. soldiers to Kigali to support the relief effort in Rwanda, where millions have fled their homes to escape ethnic carnage that killed up to 500,000 people. Defense Secretary William J. Perry was scheduled to inspect the U.S. aid mission today. Lt.
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July 24, 1994 | TED ROHRLICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A man believed to be the first Rwandan refugee to surface in Los Angeles during the current crisis told a harrowing story Saturday of mass murder and cannibalism, of luck that led to his survival and of a debt repaid that led him here. Joseph Wanzam, a 28-year-old member of the minority Tutsi tribe, said his ordeal began in April when he saw his family murdered by rival Hutus.
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April 8, 2000 | From Times Wire Services
Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt apologized Friday for his country's failures during Rwanda's 1994 genocide, in which more than 800,000 people were slaughtered. "In order for Rwanda to turn its eyes toward the future, toward reconciliation, we have first to assume our responsibilities and acknowledge our mistakes," Verhofstadt said during a ceremony to mark the sixth anniversary of one of the most intense and organized mass killings of the last century.
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January 29, 2000 | MICHAEL GOLDMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
They cut me with a machete and killed me. --An orphaned Rwandan girl, 5, describing an attack by Hutu militiamen, which she miraculously survived. * Alan Raymond recalls standing in line at Rwanda's Kigali airport in 1995, nervously waiting to explain to an army officer why he was visiting Rwanda a little over a year after that nation's bloody civil war. "All the windows were shot out in the terminal, and there was debris everywhere," Raymond says.
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December 25, 1999 | From Associated Press
Machete-wielding Rwandan Hutu rebels attacked a resettlement camp in northwestern Rwanda, hacking to death at least 29 people and injuring scores of others, security officials said Friday. The attack occurred in Mutura, a border village 50 miles northwest of Kigali, Rwanda's capital, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity. Most of the victims were Tutsi civilians. The rebels had crossed over Thursday from Congo.
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December 7, 1999 | Associated Press
A U.N. court convicted a former Rwandan Hutu militia leader Monday of ordering the deaths of thousands of Tutsis and sentenced him to life in prison for genocide and crimes against humanity. Georges Rutaganda "deliberately participated in the crimes and has not shown the slightest remorse," Judge Laity Kama said. Rutaganda, convicted on three of eight counts of genocide and crimes against humanity, was vice president of the Interahamwe militia.
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November 7, 1999 | Associated Press
The Rwandan government suspended cooperation with a U.N. tribunal on Saturday after the court freed on a technicality a former official accused of helping organize the nation's 1994 genocide. The government criticized Wednesday's decision by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda to immediately release Jean-Bosco Barayagwiza, a former Foreign Ministry official who was being held in Arusha, Tanzania, where the court is based.
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August 13, 1999 | Reuters
For the first time in history, a woman has been charged with rape as a crime against humanity, a U.N. spokesman said Thursday. Pauline Nyiramasuhuko, a former Rwandan minister of family and women's affairs, already faces a genocide charge before the U.N. war crimes tribunal for Rwanda for her alleged role in the slaughter of Tutsis and moderate Hutus in 1994. Nyiramasuhuko is also the first woman to be indicted by an international criminal tribunal, the U.N. spokesman said.
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July 27, 1994 | JEFF LEEDS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
U.S. diplomatic and military officials, fending off criticism that American shipments of food and medicine to Rwandan refugees have come too little and too late, said Tuesday that the crisis is showing signs of abating. "It's not too late for the living," said J. Brian Atwood, administrator of the Agency for International Development, an arm of the State Department. He noted that some of the 1.
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December 30, 1995 | Times Wire Services
A Belgian officer who helped lead the U.N. peacekeeping force in Rwanda last year has been charged with negligent homicide in the massacre of 10 of his men by Rwandan soldiers. Col. Luc Marchal, who served as second-in-command of the U.N. force, will stand trial in a military tribunal charged with "homicide by lack of foresight and precaution," the army said in a statement Friday.
NEWS
March 4, 1999 | NORMAN KEMPSTER and MARY CURTIUS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The Rwandan rebels who killed eight foreigners on a gorilla-watching trek in Uganda were intent on scaring off tourists in a country that depends on the hard cash the adventure-lovers bring, the Clinton administration said Wednesday. But a survivor from California insisted that she will go back. "It's not the Ugandans who did this to us," a visibly shaken Linda Adams, who lives in the upscale Bay Area town of Alamo, said upon arriving at San Francisco's airport Wednesday. U.S.
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March 2, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Rwandan rebels killed three people and kidnapped 13 foreign tourists--including three Americans--from a campground in southwestern Uganda, officials said. The camp, which the Congo-based rebels attacked late Sunday, is the main starting point for seeing the 320 rare mountain gorillas that remain along the border. Unconfirmed reports from private tour operators said one tourist and two Ugandans were killed.
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