Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Rwanda Needs Humanitarian Response

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Rwanda Needs Humanitarian Response

Article excerpt

Though Tutsi rebels have declared victory and installed a new government in Rwanda, their job has hardly begun. Their most difficult task includes restoring public confidence. Many nations already are recognizing the new government in Kigali. But what really counts is that rebel leaders persuade refugees to return home. The rebels also must mobilize relief on an unprecedented scale to combat the hunger and disease brought on by the war.

On both these issues, the United States and other nations can help. States surrounding Rwanda are hardly equipped to address the refugee crisis, building for months. During one 24-hour period in April, for example, an estimated 250,000 Rwandans fled into Tanzania and are now part of what's being called the world's largest refugee camp.

Thousands more have gone to Zaire, already a nation in anarchy. The internal problems in Tanzania and Zaire are certain to become more tense with the influx of hundreds of thousands of refugees competing for scarce resources. …

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