In Fear of a Nation's Revenge

As the French pull out, Hutu frightened of reprisals threaten another exodus across Rwanda's borders

When a group of cabinet ministers from the new Tutsi-dominated Rwandan government arrived in the town of Cyangugu in the French-protected safety zone last Friday afternoon, several thousand people flocked to the local stadium to hear their words. Amid the commotion, few remarked on the site from which the ministers hoped to persuade 100,000 Hutu refugees that if they return to their homes, they will not suffer reprisals for the massacres of up to 500,000 Tutsi. Barely four months ago, this same stadium was crammed with tens of thousands of Tutsi men, women and children waiting to be slaughtered by Hutu...

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