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Un accrochage entre 1 000 à 2 000 hommes du FPR et les milices hutu appuyées par l'armée gouvernementale se serait déroulé à 15 kilomètres de la ville de Kibuye

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Poivre d'Arvor, Patrick
Jentile, Catherine
Nakad, Nahida
Faucon, Régis
27 juin 1994
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Un accrochage entre 1 000 à 2 000 hommes du FPR et les milices hutu appuyées par l'armée gouvernementale se serait déroulé à 15 kilomètres de la ville de Kibuye
Édition spéciale Rwanda [Avec notamment des reportages dans le camp de Nyarushishi, à Kibuye et à Gisenyi].
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- It took place in Rwanda mainly from April 6 to 20 a real massacre that can be qualified as genocide since the number of victims numbered in the hundreds of thousands.
- October 1990: the French paratroopers land for the first time in Rwanda. Paris has just chosen its camp: that of the very questionable Juvénal Habyarimana, former Minister of Defense who came to power in 1973 following a coup d'état. This support will never be denied. In 1993, faced with a new push from the RPF, Paris again saved the regime. France then hired nearly a thousand men. Some actively participate in the fighting by serving the weapons that France generously pours on the Rwandan army.
- Hutu-Tutsi antagonism does not date from yesterday. However, it is not as natural or secular as one would like to believe and the Belgian colonizer bears a heavy responsibility.
- In Kigali, the Red Cross hospital receives more than 50 wounded per day. The wounded flock to the rhythm of the bombs that can be heard nearby. The improvised Red Cross hospital two months ago is now the only one operating in downtown Kigali, shelled by rebel forces. A surgeon, eight nurses work there night and day in organized chaos. The victims of the Hutu militias of the first weeks are now followed by those of the bombings and the fighting which took place a few hundred meters away. The hospital itself was not spared. Doctor Mudo-Boyer, "Nurse-Anesthesiologist": "We risk mostly shells, shooting errors in fact".
- In front of the church of Kibuye, the trace of a bulldozer which had great difficulty in erasing the traces of the horrible massacre which took place in this church.
- In Nyarushishi camp, the children have old looks and the old people curl up like babies. Generations united in the same suffering. There are over 8,000 people here. Just before the arrival of the French soldiers, the militiamen came on certain nights to offer their share of victims. A survivor: "We even managed to bury people who were still alive. Or they burned them alive, in houses. Women and children were thrown into pits, still alive. And women who were pregnant were ripped open, it was abominable".
- Sister Andrée of the mission of Sainte-Marie de Kibuye: "It is the local authorities who, out of kindness, came to seek us for our protection. […] Personally, as a nun, I cannot take sides for the Hutu or Tutsi. For me, it's all the people who suffer. And I don't think we can speak of the culprits, of the victims".
- At the Méridien hotel in Gisenyi, is the provisional seat of the Rwandan government in exile. It is the members of this government who are accused of the massacres of thousands of Tutsis. The Rwandan President and his ministers of course deny having ordered these massacres. Justin Mugenzi, "Minister of Industry of the Rwandan Government": "The massacres which took place were massacres organized by the population spontaneously. […] The militias, we must understand the sense in which we recruited: the government called on the population to resist. It is civil resistance". Colonel Anatole Nsengiyumva, "Commandant Région Gisenyi": "We are monitoring people to see if they are not working for the RPF".
- Catherine Jentile: "This is information to be taken with caution that Colonel Rosier gave us, who is responsible for the device here in the South. And more precisely, it is 15 kilometers away. in the town of Kibuye that this clash took place which began this morning at 11:30 a.m. and ended at the beginning of the afternoon. other Hutu militias, supported by the Rwandan army. What is spectacular in this affair, it is thus the place where the confrontation took place. That is to say that we had always spoken, RPF men have been infiltrating for a long time. a real breakthrough for the Rwandan Patriotic Front. is. But also to cut in two the French device, which is deployed from north to south. So what can happen now? The French confirmed to us this evening that their orders were still the same, that is to say to avoid contact with the RPF men. But the shortest distance between RPF men and French troops is five kilometers. Obviously, therefore, we can no longer exclude any hypothesis".
- Half of the French system is hard at work: 1,400 men, 10 helicopters, 300 vehicles of all kinds, including nine auto-machine guns. And VABs, a sort of armored ambulance. There are more than 20 daily rotations at Goma and Bukavu airports bringing in men and materials. The device will be complete before the end of this week, according to General Lafourcade.
- Régis Faucon: "[About the] very dangerous Hutu militias, who are considered to be the main culprits of the genocide […], the staff is very discreet but it seems that when the army and these people crossed paths, the French disarmed them".
- The Prime Minister has just confirmed that there was no question of the French soldiers interposing in Rwanda. For his part, Pierre Messmer felt that France should stop being a neocolonial gendarme.
- If you want to help this population in misfortune, you can send your donations to Secours Catholique which, with Caritas, chartered five planes for Rwanda and Burundi.
- According to Le Monde, the former commander of the GIGN, Paul Barril, working for the widow of the assassinated Rwandan President, holds the black box of the downed plane. But that black box still hasn't spoken.