Streets of Slaughter

Tribal bloodlust and political rivalry turn the country into an unimaginable hell of killing, looting and anarchy

Thirty minutes before dawn last Wednesday, Hutu members of the presidential guard kicked in the door of a church just east of Rwanda's capital city of Kigali. Instantly, they opened fire with semiautomatic weapons and tossed in grenades. Then, according to Belgian news reports, they set upon the Tutsi parishioners who were still alive with knives, bats and spears. Almost 1,200 civilians were massacred, more than half of them children.

As the tribal carnage entered a second week in the tiny central African country, the streets of Kigali were the domain of marauding bands of men hacking down women and children...

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