- There are thousands and thousands of children in Rwanda who no longer have parents because their parents were massacred in atrocious conditions. These children are alive not because they were spared but because the militiamen, by killing their families, had left them for dead. And these orphans have joined the long, very long columns of refugees fleeing the horror.
- The Kagera River which marks the border between Tanzania and Rwanda has not yet digested all the horror of recent weeks. Over the past 20 days, 200,000 Rwandans have preferred to cross this [Rusumo] bridge rather than end up like them, in the torrent. Today the bridge is empty. At its extremities, live the Tanzanian army and the Rwandan rebels who now hold two-thirds of the country.
- The bridge is empty but the flow of refugees has not dried up. Their own village had so far been spared the war. A bombardment yesterday finally decided them to hit the road. Their final destination, there it is: 20 kilometers from the border, the largest refugee camp in the world. Only three weeks ago there was only one reserve and a few tourists for photo safaris.
- Humanitarian organizations were very quick to react. The UN, through the High Commissioner for Refugees, the Red Cross and a few NGOs, including Doctors Without Borders, seem to have the health situation under control for the moment.
- On the other hand, the number of refugees poses many problems for the distribution of food.
- 1,500 new arrivals per day, that's the official figure here. The news from Rwanda is bad and no one knows if these refugees who settle here do so for a few weeks or, as in other African countries, for years.