The Rwandan Genocide

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Rwandan Genocide The Rwandan Genocide began on April 6, 1994 and lasted for about 100 days (History). The two groups involved, the Hutus and Tutsis, were in a massive conflict after their president was killed. The Hutus brutally killed about 800,000 Tutsis and supporters. This tragic genocide was not stopped by other countries during its peak, leaving the world wondering why. As we commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide, it is important to be informed about the tragedy. The way to distinguish the difference between Hutus and Tutsis groups was to know where the Rwanda settlements were. The cattle location determined the group. The people with the most cattle were the Tutsis. They could change the fact that they were a Hutu or a Tutsi by marriage or cattle acquisition (20th Century History). The Hutus and Tutsis respected each other without problems, until the events of the Rwandan Genocide sparked. Then, the Tutsis and Hutus conflict led to a greater problem. This was caused by the German invasion in 1894 (20th Century History). Since the Tutsis were more European, they took on more responsibility. The invasion helped create the idea of using identification, more specifically identity cards during World War I. The identity cards were used by the Belgians. This contrasted the three existing groups: the Tutsi, Hutu, and Twa, which were a very small group of hunters and gatherers. Out of those three groups, the Tutsi occupied 10 percent of powerful leadership roles, which upset the Hutus (20th Century History). After the Germans invaded, Rwanda struggled for independence from Belgium. The Hutus, who were the majority of Rwanda’s population, were put in charge by the Rwandan government. This upset the Tutsis, sinc... ... middle of paper ... ...tal genocide. After their president’s unexpected death, the Hutus to the Tutsi unification was destroyed. Blaming the Tutsis for all negativity, the Hutus set out to kill them all. The Hutus were determined to have all of the Tutsis killed. After media attention, the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) took control. The Hutus needed a greater power to stop their pointless massacre. After 100 days too long, the slaughtering stopped, but the memory of this tragic event haunts forever. Works Cited "20th Century History." About.com. Neil Vogel, 2014. Web. 08 Apr. 2014. "History.com." History.com. A&E Television Networks, 2014. Web. 09 Apr. 2014. "Rwanda Genocide: 100 Days of Slaughter." BBC News. N.p., 2014. Web. 09 Apr. 2014. "United Human Rights Council." United Human Rights Council. Armenian Youth Federation - Western United States, 2014. Web. 09 Apr. 2014.

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