A CONTAGION OF GENOCIDE

THE CIVIL WARS OF RWANDA AND BURUNDI SPREAD TO EASTERN ZAIRE, IN A BLOODY CONFLICT THE WORLD IGNORES

The Hutu militiamen descended through the steep pastureland to the Trappist monastery early one Sunday in May. Their quarry were Tutsi, 800 of whom had fled their nearby homes in the Masisi highlands of eastern Zaire to take refuge in a brick church on the monastery grounds. As in Rwanda two years ago, the Hutu had a plan, recalls French Brother Victor Bordeau, 60, who had been hearing rumors of an attack for days: "First they would kill the Tutsi brothers, then attack the Tutsi refugees. Then drive the rest out of Zaire."

After the first dozen men converged on the...

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