THE NUMBERS (as reported in the NYTimes) ARE STAGGERING

Ang uls at
Wed Aug 14 17:20:50 MDT 1996


Coincidentally, in today's New York Times (bottom of p.A 8) there's an article
on Rwanda/Burundi with some statistics that could back up assertions of mine
in previous posts.  Here are just two paragraphs from the article:

"Burundi has been cut off from its surrounding nations since Friday by the
sanctions, intended to force a return to civilian rule.  The sanctions were
imposed because of fears of genocide on a scale similar to that in Rwanda in
1994, when an estimated half million ethnic Tutsi and moderate Hutu were
killed by troops of the former Hutu-led Government or allied militias.

More than 150,000 people have been killed in Burundi in three years of
massacres and war between the minority Tutsi and the Hutu, who make up 85
percent of the country's 5.6 million people.  In the coup, the Hutu President,
who was not trusted by the Tutsi-led military, was overthrown by a former
leader, Maj. Pierre Buyoya."

(See my previous post on Burundi for Buyoya's ties to the U.S. and the
speculation of some that he was behind the killing of the president that
allegedly started off all the slaughter.)

Did reading those numbers make you take a breath?

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