Bosnian Rwandan Genocide Comparison Essay

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Discuss and Analyze the similarities and differences between the genocide committed in Rwanda and Yugoslavia in the 1990s.

The Rwandan and Bosnian Genocides were more similar than different due to the fact that both were supported by the governing force at the time, and both were ignited due to past tensions between two separate ethnicities. The Rwandan and Bosnian Genocides were similar in the fact that both were supported by the ruling force at the time. The Rwandan Genocide, was organized by the newly created Hutu government, while the Bosnian Genocide, was executed by the Bosnian Serb Army with support from the Yugoslav Army. In Rwanda, the government was formerly controlled by the minor (10%) Tutsi. The Tutsi were given this
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In both genocides, the ruling force of the country supported or organized the genocide of its country. The Hutu government massacred the Tutsi, and the Serbians massacred the Bosnian Muslims. Another similarity between the two genocides was that both were started due to past hatreds between the two conflicting factions. The Rwandan Genocide was ignited due to hatred of Tutsi by the Hutu when the former were still in power. The Bosnian Genocide due to long-lasting hatred between the Serbs and Croats. When Rwanda was first colonized Tutsi were considered to be above the Hutu, but the balance of power was shifted between the two groups when Belgium abandoned the state due to revolution. When the Tutsi were in power, the Hutu were always treated inferior to the Tutsi. The hatred of the Tutsi by the Hutu lasted long enough that the Hutu took revenge on the Tutsi in the form of genocide. In the Bosnian Genocide the animosity and the hatred began even earlier. It began in the Croatian War from 1991 to 1995. Serbian would occupy 30% of Croatian land. However the Croats in the displaced territory were abused by the Serbs, and when Croatia received full independence in 1992, the Croatians took revenge on the Serbs. In the same year, the Bosnian War began between the Serbs and Croats over the newly declared independent Republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina. In an act of revenge for the loss of the Croatian War and the aftermath from it, the Serbs took revenge in the form of
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