The Rwandan Genocide

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1. The young men portrayed in the movie were members of the Hutu militia, known as Interhamwe, which translated means “those who attack together” (United States Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services, August 14, 2001). They would mingle in their communities, often times singing and dancing. Music and in some cases, a martial arts dance were incorporated as part of their training. The songs and dances united them, helping to solidify a strong bond between them. These young men were recruited in this war because by virtue of their age, they would have been easy to convince that their futures would be much more prosperous if the Tutsi were no longer at a higher socio-economic status. 2. There were, it seems, several events and causes of this genocide. Initially, the Hutu organizers of the genocide would employ ideology of hate and fear, and justified these feeling by telling untruths (The Rwandan Genocide – How it was prepared, 2006). Examples of those untruths are that the Tutsi’s were not from Rwanda, and were in essence illegal immigrants. They were also saying that the Tutsi had a higher socio-economic status, even though they were the minority. The one I found the most interesting was they convinced the Hutu people that they had been victims for so very long and that the Hutu people needed to take back control. State run institutions such as radio broadcasts helped to disseminate the information, sending it out over the radio to the masses without interruption. With the French having pulled out of Rwanda before a stable government had been installed, the country was left floundering, and compromised politically and militarily. It may have had a different outcome if countries such as the United States ha... ... middle of paper ... ...hing was the military. He clearly had the purest of intentions when accepting his role with the United Nations and the mission in Rwanda. I think his civic responsibility was clearly entrenched in his mind, knowing that there was a global good to be accomplished if successful in completing his mandate. Sadly, his moral autonomy was challenged, even compromised when he was told to leave. He knew his mandate and not been accomplished. He also faced the guilt of not being able to clearly communicate the urgency and gravity of the situation in Rwanda. While he wanted desperately to do more, when faced with the order to leave, he stepped out of his role as a Canadian General, and quite literally show insubordination when he told his superior with the United Nations that he would not go, and further implored him to send resources to help restore order to the country.

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