Latest Kigali Stories

2006-04-16 20:11:25

By Arthur Asiimwe KIGALI (Reuters) - Three films in two years about Rwanda's genocide have shocked Western audiences with the scale and savagery of the slaughter, but many survivors in the tiny central African nation are unimpressed. They say the big-screen depictions of the carnage, when about 800,000 minority Tutsis and moderate Hutus were butchered in 100 days of state-sponsored killings, have got the story wrong. "My conclusion was that both movies are another Hollywood fiction...

2006-03-28 09:43:28

By Arthur Asiimwe KIGALI (Reuters) - A new film on Rwanda's genocide reduced many survivors to tears at its premiere in Kigali but President Paul Kagame said on Tuesday the movie would help to ensure memories of the mass murder were kept alive. Survivor Claudine Nyirumwiza emerged from watching the film on Monday night with tears rolling down her face. "I hate a machete. I hate seeing a machete anywhere because it reminds me the pain of slow death that my close relatives went...

2006-03-27 09:41:54

By Arthur Asiimwe KIGALI (Reuters) - A new film about the 1994 Rwandan genocide was being premiered in Kigali on Monday amid fears it was stirring up painful memories for survivors weeks ahead of the 12th anniversary of the massacre. Michael Caton-Jones, director of "Shooting Dogs," said his film, which criticizes the failure of western powers to intervene and halt the killings, was meant to give western audiences a better understanding of what happened. "The film was intended to...

2005-12-05 12:52:23

By Guled Mohammed NAIROBI (Reuters) - A strong earthquake jolted Africa's Great Lakes region on Monday, killing at least one person in Congo's remote east and rattling regional capitals. The U.S. Geological Survey reported that a 6.8 magnitude quake struck near the town of Kalemie in the Democratic Republic of Congo at 1219 GMT, some 975 km (600 miles) southwest of the Kenyan capital Nairobi. Besides Kenya and Congo, tremors were felt in Burundi, Rwanda and Tanzania, impoverished...

2005-11-22 05:58:59

KIGALI (Reuters) - A French judge is in Rwanda to investigate accusations that Paris helped a former Hutu government massacre ethnic Tutsis during the 1994 genocide, the French embassy said on Tuesday. Rwanda's Tutsi President Paul Kagame, whose government came to power after the genocide, accused France last year of training and arming Hutu militias who were the main force behind a 100-day slaughter that killed some 800,000 people. "A French judge arrived last evening to hear...

2005-07-14 10:30:11

By Tabassum Zakaria KIGALI (Reuters) - U.S. first lady Laura Bush and Cherie Blair, wife of the British prime minister, paid tribute on Thursday to thousands who died in Rwanda's genocide and observed a moment of silence for London's bomb victims. "I very much wanted to come here to see the reality of what happened during the genocide. I am very moved by what I have seen," Blair said as she and Bush lay wreaths at a site commemorating the 1994 Rwandan violence in which 800,000 people were...

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