Timeline

Timeline

1993

8 January 1993

Colonel Théoneste Bagosora, a Rwandan military officer, leaves Arusha saying : “I am  returning to Kigali to prepare the Tutsi apocalypse

1993

January 1993

Jean Carbonare, Chairman of an international commission of enquiry, says that he saw French instructors at the Bigogwe camp, where “truckloads of civilians were being brought.  They were tortured and killed”.

1992

22 November 1992

Léon Mugesera, senior member of the MRND, declares in Kabaya (Gisenyi) that: “As for you, Tutsis, you cockroaches. Let me tell you that your country is Ethiopia, and we will be sending you there soon on the express through Nyabarongo. This time, we must also get rid of the children”.  

1992

May 1992

President Habyarimana’s MRND forms the Interahamwe militia group.

1992

9 March 1992

RFI interviews Antonia Locatelli, an Italian witness to the massacres of Tutsi in Bugesera. That evening she is murdered by gendarmes.    

1992

3 March 1992

Comminiqué read on Radio Rwanda inciting people to kill.  Over 500 Tutsi are killed in Bugesera.

1992

14-15 January 1992

At a meeting in Paris between RPF emissaries and the French Government, Paul Dijoud tells the RPF delegation: “If you don’t stop the fighting, even if you take over the country, you won’t find your brothers and families, because they would all have been slaughtered”.

1991

10 June 1991

The Rwandan Constitution is amended and multiparty system is launched.  

1991

27 January 1991

In response to the RPF offensive in Ruhengeri, a wave of massacres of the Bagogwe takes place.   

1991

22-23 January 1991

RPF launches an attack on Ruhengeri and frees prisoners.  During Operation Noroit, French military forces intervene directly in combat.