Destination Unknown

The U.S., the U.N. and the country's new rulers say the best hope for Rwanda's refugees is to go back home. But who can convince them it's safe?

In the instant cities of despairing souls on the borders of Rwanda, hope proved less contagious than fear or cholera. Thousands of refugees kept dying in the ghastly camps of Zaire last week, as many as 2,000 a day. As the world struggled to assuage the suffering, word went out from the U.N., the White House, the relief agencies to 2 million sick and starving people: there is food in Rwanda and clean water and a promise of safety. Go home: that is the only real salvation. Some refugees, suspecting that they were merely choosing where they were going to die,...

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