Since April of 1993, when the downing of President Juvenal Habyarimana's plane fanned the civil unrest in Rwanda into civil war, the PD/A CRSP has been deeply affected by the events taking place in Rwanda. An evacuation of U.S. citizens was effected almost immediately after the violence began. CRSP researchers Jean-Damascene Bucyanayandi, Lieven Verheust, and Anaclet Gatera were en route to Rwanda after the PD/A CRSP Annual Meeting, when their flight was re-routed to Bujumbura, Burundi. Although Research Associate Joyce (J-J) Newman was still in the U.S, her husband, as well as the spouses and families of the other researchers, had remained in Rwanda. Newman and Verheust's spouses were able to escape through Bujumbura, Burundi. Bucyanayandi and Gatera crossed back into Rwanda to find their families. Both men were killed. Bucyanayandi's wife and three children escaped.
Reports issuing from Rwanda since April have been sporadic and sketchy; nevertheless, we have pieced together enough information to know that other CRSP associates, such as Valens Ndoreyaho, and other research station workers met untimely and tragic ends.
We join their families and their country in mourning the loss of these talented individuals, who were promising, individually and collectively, to make great contributions to their communities, their country, and the world of aquaculture. We dedicate this annual report to their memory.