Rwandan Genocide

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The Rwandan Genocide was the mass slaughter of the Tutsi and moderate Hutu in the late twentieth century. It was committed by the Hutus and lasted approximately 100 days (from April 7th 1994 – July 4th 1994). During those 100 days, 20% of Rwanda’s total population, and 70% percent of the Tutsi population, an estimated 500,000 – 1,000,000 people were killed. The akuza, the members of the core political elite, started planning this genocide in 1990 based on the conflict going on between the Hutu-led government and the Rwandan Patriotic Front which was mainly composed of Tutsi refugees from Uganda. After the genocide the U.S, Britain, and Belgium, as well as other UN countries were criticized for not sending supplies, or helping the United Nations Mission for Rwanda peacekeepers. France, on the other hand, was blamed for actively taking part in the slaughter. In 1990 the government started giving young Hutus machetes and training them in combat, officially stating that this was the only way to defend themselves against the growing threat of the Rwandan Patriotic Force. In March 1993 t...

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