Genocide in Rwanda

explanatory Essay
606 words
606 words

From April to July of 1994, in about 100 days, an estimated 800,000 people were killed in Rwanda by Hutu extremists. The Hutu extremists were said to be targeting only the minority ethnic group called "Tutsi", but were also found to be killing any of their political enemies regardless of their race.
The Tutsi race has long held control over the Rwandan government because, though they only make up an approximate 14 percent of the Rwanda population, the Europeans who took over the country chose them because they were said to resemble the Europeans more than the Hutus. The Hutus later started a revelution for independence that the Belgian, who controlled the country at the time, quickly ended it by letting the Hutu run the government instead of the Tutsi. Of course, this did not make the Hutu forget the years of oppression they suffered at the hands of the Tutsi. So, naturally, there were Hutus who believed that the Tutsi race should be exterminated. These people were called Hutu extremists. The Hutu etremists within the government blamed the Tutsi as a whole for the countrys' st...

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that hutu extremists killed 800,000 people in rwanda between april and july 1994. they targeted tutsi, a minority ethnic group, and political enemies regardless of race.
  • Explains that the tutsi race has long held control over the rwandan government because they were said to resemble the europeans more than the hutus.
  • Explains that the genocide in rwanda started the night of april 6, 1994 when a plane carrying president habyarimana was shot down. the hutu extremists took immediate action with their plan to exterminate the entire tutsi race.
  • Explains that tutsi women were taken as sex slaves and tortured for days until they died. the most common method of killing during this genocide was by knives, machetes, or clubs.
  • Describes how the rwandan patriotic front, a trained military group made up of exiled tutsi, took over the country in 1994.
  • Opines that genocide happened after world war two and the holocaust. the united nations did not stand by this resolution since the entire world watched as hundreds and thousands of people were slaughtered.
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