April 03 2014 Melvern, Linda. Stanton, Gregory. “The Rwandan Genocide.” New York Times.com. The New York Times company. 2014.
It lasted for 100 brutal days. The Hutus then began to slaughter the Tutsis because there was no government control, so it was a perfect time to rebel. There were two Hutu rebellion forces named the Interhamwe which means, “Those Who Attack Together” and the Impuzamugami which means “Those Who Have the Same Goal.” There were many people that killed people close to them. Co-workers killed co-workers, friends killed friends, neighbors killed neighbors, and husband killed wives. They did this to save their own lives.
Though it was never determined who shot the plane down, the Rwandan Patriotic Front, who were Tutsi rebels, have been blamed (The Rwandan Genocide). Immediately following the assassination, violence erupted in the capital city, Kigali. (Genocide in Rwanda) During the 100-day period after April 6, 1994, between 800, 000 and one million Tutsi people were slaughtered. (Genocide in the 20th Century: Rwanda 1994) On April 7, roadblocks began to appear and soldiers began scouring the country for any person whose identification card read “Tutsi”. Entire families were murdered, often by their own neighbors and friends, and occasionally by relatives through marriage.
One of the first to go was the president at the time Habyarimana, a Hutu, the flight he was in April 6, 1994 was shot down ("Genocide in Rwanda"). The killing of the Rwandan leader started a chain reaction of violent acts ("Genocide in Rwanda"). Within only weeks after the plane being shot down 800000 Tutsis were raped, beaten, and pitilessly murdered ("Genocide in Rwanda"). A Tutsi rebel group, Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) 100 days after the start of the genocide, put an end to it ("Genoc... ... middle of paper ... ...). Never again is a vast statement that is too hard to fulfill.
Rwanda is a country in Africa surrounded by the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Tanzania, and Burundi. In Rwanda in 1994, the Hutu tribe made up about 85% of the population, the Tutsis 14%, and the Twa 1%. At the time, the country had many economic, social, and political problems. Very extreme Hutus believed, similar to the Nazi’s views during the Holocaust, that the root of most of their problems came from the minority tribe, the Tutsis. During those times there were many economic issues, the country was going the way of many other African countries by losing lots of money.
Then the Europeans invaded the peaceful tribes of Rwanda and eventually turned the Rwandese against each other. Due to poverty, over half the children who survived stopped their schooling (The Rwandan Genocide). 40,000 survivors are still without shelter, many whose homes were destroyed in the genocide(The Rwandan Genocide). 7 in 10 survivors earn a monthly income of less than 5000 Rwandan Francs (Equivalent to 8 American Dollars)(The Rwandan Genocide... ... middle of paper ... ...are just on the street. Works Cited "Genocide in Rwanda."
On top of the 400 thousand killed, 2.5 million have nowhere to live and could be without food or clothing. In 2003, this all started when groups from Darfur, rebelled against the Sudan government. The Sudanese response: kill them all and destroy them completely. And for the past 10+ years, it has been war, pure genocide. There are more genocides outside of Darfur as well.
In 100 days, almost 800,000 Tutsis and Hutu sympathizers in Rwanda were killed ("Rwanda: How the Genocide Happened"). The Rwandan genocide was like some of the genocides you have probably heard about before. There was racism and discrimination erupting in this small town in Africa. Many people were murdered, just because they were standing up for themselves. The government was in a mess; their president had been killed.
Violence, disease, and displacement continue to kill thousands of innocent Darfurians every month.” Genocide, begins when the target group of dehumanized, the beginning of non- Arab black African. Dehumanization occurred long before Great Britain colonizes Sudan. During the Sudanese slave trade, slavery for hard labor was almost classified to black Africans.” In the black communities men were named mukluk and female as mistress. Approximately four years have culminated into the death of four to five million Africans. Genocide is often considered products of military conflict.