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Juvénal Habyarimana

Dictator and President of Rwanda Juvénal Habyarimana

Profession: Dictator and President of Rwanda


Biography: Habyarimana was the dictatorial President of Rwanda from 1973 until his assassination on April 6, 1993. A Hutu, Habyarimana died along with the President of neighboring Burundi, Cyprien Ntaryamira, when the aircraft they were travelling in was shot down in circumstances that are still disputed.

His death sparked the mobilization of anti-Tutsi militias across Rwanda, leading to the 100-day Rwandan Genocide, in which some 800,000 people were killed.

Born: March 8, 1937
Birthplace: Ruanda-Urundi, Belgian Colonial Empire

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Pisces

Died: April 6, 1994 (aged 57)
Cause of Death: Assassinated by surface-to-air missile strike on his plane over Kigali

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Historical Events

  • 1973-07-05 General Juvénal Habyarimana becomes president of Rwanda in a military coup d'état
  • 1994-04-06 Plane carrying Rwandan President Juvénal Habyarimana and Burundian President Cyprien Ntaryamira is shot down by surface-to-air missiles, abruptly ending peace negotiations and sparking the Rwandan Genocide. Those responsible have never been identified.

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