Juvénal Habyarimana facts for kids
Quick facts for kids
Habyarimana in 1980
|3rd President of Rwanda|
5 July 1973 – 6 April 1994
|Preceded by||Grégoire Kayibanda|
|Succeeded by||Théodore Sindikubwabo|
March 8, 1937|
|Died||April 6, 1994
Juvénal Habyarimana (8 March 1937 – 6 April 1994) was the second President of Rwanda. He was president for almost twenty years, from 1973 until 1994. During his government, he favoured his own ethnic group, the Hutus. He was nicknamed "Kinani", a Kinyarwanda word meaning "invincible". Habyarimana was a dictator. He was suspected to have cheated in all of his elections.
On 6 April 1994, he was killed when his airplane was shot down close to Kigali. It was also carrying the President of Burundi, Cyprien Ntaryamira. His assassination caused tensions between Hutus and Tutsis to worsen, and helped start the Rwandan Genocide. Within 100 days, somewhere between 800,000 and 1 million Rwandans were massacred.
Images for kids
President Habyarimana with Dutch Prime Minister Dries van Agt in the Hague, 1980
Habyarimana (third row, third from left) at Kim Il-sung's 80th birhday celebration in 1992