Could the Rwandan Genocide have been prevented? Absolutely. If Rwanda hadn’t been under Belgian rule, and if western countries would have sent troops in to help, the genocide could 've been avoided. There was no light shed on the genocide by the western media. The media twisted and contorted the reality of the genocide. While Western media claimed that Tutsis were victims of genocide, they failed to identify the true victim of the genocide.
Hutus and Tutsis were able to live peacefully until they were under Belgian Control. In 1916 Belgium colonized in Africa. They considered the Tutsis a majority, because they resembled the Europeans more closely (Shah, 2006). They began replacing Hutu chiefs with Tutsi leaders, and eventually put the Tutsis in control of the country. In 1926 Belgian leaders issued identification cards, they required everyone to carry them and identified whether a person was Hutu or Tutsi. Tutsi remained in power for the next twenty years. (Green, 2015)
The Tutsi began to get sick of Belgium interfering, and wanted to be independent from them. The Belgians put the “minority” Hutu in power in 1959. Hutus began killing Tutsis. This caused the Tutsi to flee the country into Uganda and Burundi. Rwanda received its independence from Belgium in 1961-62.
In 1959 Hutus started uprisings and riots, want power over Rwanda and killed 20,000 Tutsi in 1963-73. A man named Paul Kagame, who is now the leader of Rwanda, created something called the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) in 1986. Kagame was a General and the U.S. saw his potential and he received military training in the U.S. The RPF consisted of Tutsis who wished to overthrow and take back their homeland. The RPF invaded Rwanda and overtook the North by fighting ...
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...nocide. The only true victim is Rwanda itself. (McGreal c., 2013)
This Rwandan genocide is something that will never be forgotten as a nefarious time in history. When Rwandan was pusillanimous and needed help the most, the rest of the world was there to let if fall. It’s difficult to really be unilateral about the genocide. So many factors come into play to blame one person or thing. But if there’s one thing you need to ken about the genocide, it’s that Rwandan was not ephemeral and there will always be a burden that lingers in the hearts of many for the ones that died, both innocent and imperious.
“And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places.” -Matthew 24:6-7
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