Hutus took control of the Rwandan government, which had previously favored Tutsis. A civil war soon followed and many Tutsis fled the country.
1991- RPF invades Rwanda
In an attempt to overthrow the mainly Hutu governement of Rwanda, the Rwandan Patriotic Front, mainly made up of Tutsis, invades Rwanda
1991- Tutsis kill Burundi's president
An angry Tutsi army killed neighboring Burundi's first Hutu president as an attempt to overthrow the government. Burundi went into violence, which would spread into Rwanda. Hutus also began to spread hostility against Tutsis.
President Habyarimana, a Hutu, of Rwanda and Burundian President Cyprien Ntaryamira are shot down in a plane. It is believed that it was an attack by Hutu estremists
The Rwandan Government, held mostely by Hutus, begins the slaughter of Tutsis and neutral Hutus.
Tens of thousands of people already killed
Belgium withdraws UN troops from Rwanda
UN declares a genocide
United Nations passed a resolution saying acts of genocide had been commited in Rwanda, plans on sending troops to Rwanda for defense of cilvilians, but plans are delayed due to funding issues.
French troops create "safe" area
Under Operation Turquoise, the United Nations send 2,500 French troops to Rwanda to create a safe place. The killing of Tutsis still continues there.
Refugees in despair
Rwandan refugees flood into Zaire, and the mass number of refugees creates a lack of water, food, and shelter
Rwandan Patriotic Front declares war over
2000-UN admits it could have done more to stop killings