Hope Battles Fear

Braving tales of Tutsi vengeance, a few Hutu have struggled safely back to a silent, desolate capital

It looked like an episode of roadside vengeance. About 30 miles southwest of the capital city of Kigali, four Tutsi, one of them a soldier of the victorious Rwandan Patriotic Front, stood around a Hutu man in his 50s. He was barefoot and dressed in a torn shirt and baggy pants. A dirty strip of blue- and-white fabric roped his elbows tight behind his back. His three young accusers shouted that the Hutu was a member of a militia group that had slaughtered Tutsi and political moderates earlier this year. They had seen him beat an old woman to death with...

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