Two Years after Genocide, Rwanda Gets Day in Court Trying 'Ordinary' Killers, Such as a Hutu Farmer, Could Take Decades
Alan Zarembo,, The Christian Science Monitor
Innocent Nsengiyumva is an ordinary killer by Rwandan standards.
A farmer in his mid-20s, he joined a hillside mob hunting Tutsis in the spring of 1994, and then followed Rwanda's former leaders to Zaire. He returned along with an avalanche of Hutu refugees last month. Now he is imprisoned with more than 85,000 other genocide suspects.
What makes him unusual is that he has done what the government needs tens of thousands of others to do if it is ever to achieve justice in Rwanda: He admits to murder. "I didn't want to. I didn't mean to kill them. I didn't know what I was doing," Mr. Nsengiyumva says as he tells how he murdered his neighbor's two children. Proving …
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Publication information: Article title: Two Years after Genocide, Rwanda Gets Day in Court Trying 'Ordinary' Killers, Such as a Hutu Farmer, Could Take Decades. Contributors: Alan Zarembo, - Author. Newspaper title: The Christian Science Monitor. Publication date: December 26, 1996. Page number: 6. © 2009 The Christian Science Publishing Society. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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