Refugee Journey

NPR's Ann Cooper reports that the nearly three-year-long odyssey of Rwandan Hutu refugees is finally coming to a close, as the United Nations prepares to repatriate those who remain in Zaire. This refugee crisis has confounded the relief community and world powers since its inception. Among the two million Hutus who fled Rwanda in 1994 were many thousands who carried out the genocide against the country's Tutsi minority. While receiving foreign aid, these Hutus intimidated other refugees, terrorized Zairean Tutsis, and used their camps to re-arm and stage military raids against Rwanda's new Tutsi-led government.



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