April 19, 1997 |
In an ominous development threatening more than 100,000 exhausted Rwandan refugees facing starvation and disease in eastern Zaire, rebels blocked the United Nations on Friday from starting a massive airlift to carry them home. The Hutu refugees have been on the run since 1994 and are on their last legs, dying at a rate of about 60 a day, although that rate is half that reported earlier this month. Officials of the Office of the U.N.
March 22, 1997 |
It is a tale of two cities, but it speaks volumes about the dying days of Africa's longest-surviving dictatorship. President Mobutu Sese Seko flew home to this crumbling capital Friday from cancer treatment in Europe. But after his jet landed, security agents ordered Cabinet ministers, military commanders, an honor guard and reporters from the airport so no one could see the ailing ruler climb--or be carried--down the stairs.
November 24, 1996 |
Zairian rebels appointed a new governor for the Kivu region of Zaire to signal their hold on the region, but local residents and Rwandan refugees coming out of the forest Saturday reported fresh fighting in the area. In Geneva, Western aid chiefs, donors and Rwandan government officials met to coordinate relief efforts for more than half a million Rwandan Hutu refugees who have poured back home from eastern Zaire over the past week after two years in exile.
November 9, 1996 |
A battle Friday for control of the world's largest refugee camp appeared to mark a bitter resumption of Rwanda's genocidal war of 1994--but with the bloodletting now across the border in eastern Zaire. Mortar and antiaircraft fire roared for a second day around the vast Mugunga refugee camp, about 12 miles northwest of the Zairian border city of Goma and the last known location of more than 400,000 ethnic Hutu refugees. It wasn't clear how many remained at the squalid site.
November 1, 1996 |
Tens of thousands of frightened refugees were on the move again Thursday in eastern Zaire after heavy fighting exploded around the airport in Goma, a key logistic and strategic city that appears to be the major target of the widening Central African war. Roads and bridges north and south of the besieged city, the administrative and supply base for more than 1.
October 27, 1996 |
It is 4 o'clock on a Sunday morning, and the village is sleeping. No one knows I have returned. At daybreak, I step into the red-brick church and follow the tiny toeprints of barefoot children down the dirt aisle. As I begin to speak, I am greeted by astonished eyes. "I came back to tell you that I never forgot you and how you took care of me when I was really just a girl." Pinpricks of sunlight dart like fireflies through the crumbling brick walls. There are whispers: "Miss Elizabeth?