Rwandan Genocide

  • Warning

    Romeo Dallaire sends warning to the UN of an impending genocide. It contains information from an informant about weapon caches & death lists.
  • preparation

    Thousands of weapons, such as machetes, are imported, paid for by the French government.
  • It begins

    It begins
    President Habyarimana dies when his plane is shot down over Kigali as it returns from talks with the RPF in Tanzania. Eye witnesses place French soldiers as being the culprits of this act.
  • The Rwandan Prime Minister is killed.

    The Rwandan Prime Minister is killed.
    Prime Minister Agathe Uwilingiyimana and 10 Belgian soldiers guarding her are butchered by Hutu forces. Rwandan troops and the Hutu Interahamwe militia start the slaughter of Tutsis and moderate Hutus whose names have been put on death lists. In Kibeho thousands of Tutsis gathered in a church where they were bombed, shot, or hacked to death.
  • Kambanda incites hate

    Kambanda incites hate
    Jean Kambanda is appointed interim Prime Minister. On a radio broadcast, shortly afterwards, he urges hutus to kill Tutsis & moderate Hutus.
  • UN troops leave

    The Belgians withdraw their troops.
  • Expatriates leave Rwanda

    Expatriates are evacuated en masse by government troops. Fewer than 30 white people were left in the country.
  • Nyange church

    Nyange church
    Tutsi refugees gathered in Nyange church, were burned to death or killed as they tried to flee. Approximately 2000 people were killed.
  • Kibuye Stadium

    Kibuye Stadium
    About 12,000 Tutsi men, women and children were murdered at Kibuye's stadium, church and in the surrounding countryside.
  • Butare

    In Butare, gasoline was used to set ablaze a builidng where 500 Tutsis were hiding.
  • RPF takes Kigali

    RPF takes Kigali
  • Hutus flee

    Hutus flee
    Hundereds of thousands of Hutu's involved in the slaughter of friends and neighbours, flee the country as their defeat seems imminent.
  • RPF capture Ruhengeri

  • Paul Kagame takes leadership

    Paul Kagame takes leadership
  • Genocide is over

    Genocide is over