Rwanda 'unsafe' for aid workers
Tuesday 21 January 1997
The non-governmental organisations (NGOs) reached their decision after an emergency meeting of United Nations and aid agency officials yesterday to discuss the situation in north-western Rwanda where the attack took place.
"Our security people are working with the NGOs to increase security," a United Nations spokesman told The Independent. "We've also had meetings with the Rwandan authorities. One of the things we're recommending is that no aid workers should stay over-night in Ruhengeri".
It is believed that Hutu militiamen of the former Rwandan army were responsible for Saturday's attack in which three members of the Doctors of the World (Spain) team were killed in the north-western town of Ruhengeri. An American who had to have his leg amputated after being hit by bullets is said to be in a stable conditon.
"I was talking to our team in Ruhengeri by radio 20 minutes before they were killed," said Cristina Pardo of Doctors of the World yesterday. "They said they heard some shooting outside. They decided to cut the communication but when we rang back there was no reply".
At least 10 agencies have pul-led out of the area. Among them is Britain's Save the Children Fund (SCF) whose residence in Ruhengeri was hit in the attack.
The head of Rwandan intelligence has confirmed that Hutu rebels opposed to the Tutsi-dominated government have decided to target foreigners in order to destabilize the country.
Hutu extremists, who fled to Zaire after taking part in the 1994 genocide of half a million Rwandans, are believed to have been among those who returned across the border into Rwanda at the end of last year.
- 1 Students heading off to 'charity challenge' grounded at Gatwick after travel firm goes bust
- 2 Notting Hill Carnival: Woman shares selfie after being ‘punched in face for telling man to stop groping her’
- 3 Daily Show's Jon Stewart destroys Fox News for its Ferguson coverage
- 4 When elitism grips the top of British society to this extent, there is only one answer: abolish private schools
- 5 Like Jennifer Aniston, I am no less of a woman because I am childless
Ashya King missing: Police hunt five-year-old boy with brain tumour snatched from Southampton hospital by his parents
YouTube video posted by Isis militants shows 'execution of 250 Syrian soldiers'
Daily Show's Jon Stewart destroys Fox News for its Ferguson coverage
Californian drought is so severe it's 'causing the ground to move'
Botched ice bucket challenge leaves man critically injured after plane drops hundreds of gallons of water
Exclusive: We share blame for creating 'jihad generation', says Muslim strategist
Robin Williams Emmys tribute led by Billy Crystal criticised for including 'racist' joke about Muslim woman
The Rotherham child abuse scandal is a tale of apologists, misogyny and double standards
Scottish independence TV debate: Pumped-up Alex Salmond bounces back in bruising second round against Alistair Darling
Do you realise just how foolish the UK looks?
Ukip Douglas Carswell defection: Tory MP jumps ship to join Nigel Farage
- < Previous
- Next >
£350 - £400 Per Day: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: Our client based in Cent...
£17000 - £20000 Per Annum Bonus, Life Insurance + Other Benefits: Clearwater P...
£450 - £500 per day: Orgtel: SAS Business Analyst, London, Banking, Credit Ris...
£32000 - £38000 Per Annum Bonus, Life Insurance + Other Benefits: Clearwater P...