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Le dernier bilan des massacres se monte à 500 000 morts peut-être. Bref le Rwanda, c'est vraiment l'enfer sur terre

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Masure, Bruno
Coste, Patricia
14 mai 1994
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Journal de 20 heures [1:45]
Le dernier bilan des massacres se monte à 500 000 morts peut-être. Bref le Rwanda, c'est vraiment l'enfer sur terre
Malgré l'urgence, le Conseil de sécurité a reporté au début de la semaine prochaine une éventuelle décision sur le renforcement de la mission des Casques bleus.
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- In New York, the United Nations Security Council once again postponed until next week a possible decision on the reinforcement of the Blue Helmets mission in Rwanda.
- And yet there is urgency, to say the least: according to the UN emissaries on the spot, the latest assessment of the massacres there amounts to at least 200,000 dead and some even mention the figure of 500,000 victims. In short, Rwanda is really hell on earth.
- In Rwanda new corpses appear, every day, on the roads that were cleared yesterday. The militiamen are still in action and many civilians, often young boys, armed, are difficult to control.
- It is from Kigali, the capital, that a new estimate of the toll of this war arrived today: 500,000 dead perhaps.
- And despite the urgency, the Security Council has postponed until early next week the adoption of a resolution through which the international community can give itself the means to put an end to the pitiless tragedy in Rwanda.
- "A day late is a day too long" declared the United Nations representative in Kigali, for the moment a helpless spectator of the carnage.
- Bernard Kouchner, the former Minister of Humanitarian Action, tries for his part in Kigali a punctual action: to release the Tutsi prisoners in a large hotel in the city and in the stadium. Bernard Kouchner: "It's one of the real humanitarian disasters of this time. So, using the word 'genocide' is not my habit. But these people were killed for what they were! Not for what they did! And so that's the definition of genocide".
- This evening in Kigali we still heard sporadic gunfire and exchanges of artillery. The Hutu government tries to stop the progression of the Tutsis of the RPF. And in the night, the massacres will continue.
The 20 o'clock news of France 2 of May 14, 1994 is visible in its entirety here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=--twrXRLad8