soldier picked it up and tore its lining open with the bayonet of his rifle.
Based in the Zairian
capital of Kinshasa, Robertson's for-profit company, African Development Co.
There was widespread speculation among diplomats and Zairians
here Wednesday that the real purpose of the regional gathering of conservative presidential peers of Mobutu's in Gabon was to gently pressure the Zairian
leader to abandon power and enter a hospital.
And epidemics of cholera and other diseases among the refugees have killed many Zairians
We care," the diplomats seemed to be saying, "that Zairians
not be forced to suffer again the internecine warfare that accompanied the birth of their nation.
1] With "the full support of the Zairian
Ethics Committee," the investigators also immunized "a small group of Zairians
, all of whom were HIV-seronegative volunteers and immunologically normal.
The invitation state that Zairians
suffer greatly and needlessly from many preventable or easily treatable diseases, due partly to a simple lack of primary health care services.
Already the capital's leading hotels have been filling up with wealthy Zairians
who are worried about a possible repeat of violent bouts of pillaging by government soldiers in 1991 and 1993 that took numerous lives and left much of the city in ruins.
John Metzel, a missionary who worked in the country, asserts that as many as 250 Zairians
were massacred by government troops during a peaceful protest rally on Feb.
2 million Rwanda refugees are now at Goma and in north Kivu, a region normally populated by Zairians
Most have returned; the Rwandans who remained in central Zaire camps increasingly were at odds with local Zairians
and rebels, many of them Zairian
18, 1992, several Zairians
were reported killed by pro-Mobutu troops.