Deadly Road Home
In 1996, the deadliest refugee crisis in modern history came to an abrupt close as hundreds of thousands of Rwandan Hutus began their journey home to Rwanda. The refugees had left their homeland for camps in neighboring Zaire (Congo) in 1994, fleeing a genocidal fury that killed a half-million Rwandans. Another half-million died of cholera in the refugee camps.
The Mugunga camp, the world's largest refugee camp, surprised many by moving on Nov. 15 despite months of fighting between rebels nearby, and intimidation by the camp's own Hutu militia not to return to Rwanda. Within four days, some 800,000 refugees had crossed the border back into Rwanda. Families that had been separated for two years were reunited.
caption with each picture
All images copyright 2013 Yunghi Kim,
all rights reserved
Images on this site can not be used (downloaded, copied, republished, manipulated, transmitted, or distributed in any way) without prior written permission from Yunghi Kim.