- France and Belgium have decided to send men and arms to Rwanda where the legal government has a lot to do to repel the attacks of the rebels from Uganda.
- First parties, the Belgian paratroopers. They are ready with 300 and left Brussels this afternoon with a mission: to protect their 1,700 fellow citizens who live in Rwanda. They will be joined by a company from the second foreign parachute regiment, the legion, currently based in the Central African Republic. Soldiers who are, according to the Quai d'Orsay, exclusively responsible for the security of the French (about 650 people) and the protection of the embassy.
- For three days, the 5,000-strong Rwandan army has had to face 2,000 rebels from Uganda. Refugees of Tutsi origin who are trying to oust the Hutu who represent 90% of the population. As in Liberia, we are heading towards a civil war, ethnic group against ethnic group. The rebels are believed to be 70 kilometers from the capital but are said to have lost 200 men in a repulsed offensive today.
- Since independence in 1962, the two Hutu and Tutsi ethnic groups have regularly fought each other. However, the coming to power of President Habyarimana in 1973 marked the beginning of a period of peace. Rwanda, one of the poorest and most heavily populated countries on the planet, was since then considered relatively stable.