6 April 1994
On return from Dar-es Salaam peace talks, President Habyarimana’s plane is shot down by missiles fired from the Kanombe military camp, a FAR stronghold.
3 April 1994
RTLM broadcasts an odd piece of news: “On 3, 4 and 5, April, temperatures will rise. On the 6th, there will be a respite, but a little something might happen. Then on the 7th and the 8th and the other days of April, you will see something”. This is the thinly veiled announcement of the genocide.
28 March 1994
Ferdinand Nahimana distributes a document originally broadcast on RTLM, calling on the population to exercise “self-defense” for a “final solution” to what he called the “Tutsi league”.
11 January 1994
Gen Dallaire sends a telegramme to the UN Headquarters providing detailed information of a brewing genocide. The UN rejectes Dallaire’s request to seize stockpiled weapons.
5 October 1993
UN Resolution 872 establishes the United Nations Assistance Mission in Rwanda (UNAMIR), comprising 2,500 peacekeepers. It is set up three months later, led by Gen Roméo Dallaire.
4 August 1993
Radio-Television Libre de Mille collines (RTLM), created in July, begins propaganda programmes against the Tutsi.
4 August 1993
Official signing of the Arusha Peace Accord.
20 – 22 February 1993
Fresh massacres of Tutsi by CDR and MRND militias in Gisenyi, Ruhengeri, Kibuye and Byumba prefectures.
8 – 20 February 1993
The RPF relaunches a military offensive. The FAR retreat. The RPF stops at Shyorongi at the entrance of Kigali.
21 January 1993
Violent demonstrations by MRND and CDR, massacres against Tutsi start again. Arusha negotiations are suspended.