More than 1,000 refugees evicted from a camp in southwest Rwanda remained imprisoned in an overcrowded bank building for a second day Wednesday. Another 600 resisted eviction from a school compound.
Stragglers trudged along Rwanda's roads, but aid workers said most of the more than 200,000 refugees evicted from their camps in the southwest have reached their home villages.Rwandan soldiers and U.N. troops urged the last 600 holdouts at Kibeho camp to leave the school compound where they took refuge Saturday when soldiers fired on the camp.
At least 2,000 people were killed at Kibeho. Many of the victims, mostly women and children, were trampled to death.
The refugees are Hutus, members of the ethnic majority blamed for last year's slaughter of 500,000 men, women and children. Most victims were Tutsis who were shot, hacked and clubbed to death by Hutu militias and, in many cases, former friends and neighbors.
The government considered the displaced camps in the southwest to be hotbeds of militia activity. Last week, it began forcing the refugees to return home.
Lt. Kent Page, the U.N. military spokesman in Kigali, said at least nine refugees were killed when they returned to their home villages.
In Nusuga, a hillside farming community 10 miles from Butare, 10 returnees were promptly jailed on charges they bludgeoned their neighbors to death last year.
More than a thousand refugees have been imprisoned in a cramped bank building in the village of Ngenda, 25 miles south of the capital, Kigali. Page could not say if the refugees were from Ngenda or imprisoned as they passed through.
In Butare townspeople emerged from their homes Tuesday to slap, stone and spit at hundreds of refugees beginning a journey on foot to their distant homes.