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10 April 1994

Massacres and looting continue in Kigali. An estimated 10,000 dead bodies are taken from the streets and piled up at hospitals that are overflowing with the wounded. The US Embassy in Kigali closes, and Amb. Rawson along with 250 Americans are evacuated. The Presidential Guard fires heavy rockets at King Faisal Hospital killing 29 patients and wounding 70 others. Tutsi sheltering in Gahanga Parish are attacked by Interahamwe and villagers from Kagasa. Archbishop Giuseppe Bertello, Head of Catholic Church’s diplomatic mission in Rwanda, leaves the country. The African Synod of Bishops opens in Rome, with a mass at St.Peter’s Basilica where Pope John Paul II pleads for an end to the “fratricidal killings” in Rwanda

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