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I Watched The Movie Hotel Rwanda

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I watched the movie Hotel Rwanda. The film follows a hotel manager named Paul Rusesabagina. He managed to hide 1,268 Tutsi and Hutu refugees during the Rwandan genocide in 1994. The genocide killed possibly over a million Tutsis and moderate Hutus. The genocide was lead by the Hutu government and executed by militias composed of Hutu soldiers as well as Hutu citizens. While it is difficult to understand the reasons behind a slaughter like this, it is important to at least attempt to. As briefly mentioned in the opening of the movie, Tutsis were once in charge of the government and were the elites; they oppressed the Hutus. Through a Wikipedia search I found that there was a long history of conflict and separation between the groups. Tutsis primarily herded cattle while Hutus were crop farmers. Because the Tutsis herded cattle and cattle were valuable, they became a higher social class. This was most likely the beginning of the conflict. When Rwanda became a German colony, Germany needed a government set up that they could work with. Being taller, having slimmer facial features, and being lighter skinned, the Tutsis were seen as being “more Caucasian” and were seen as being more fit to run the government. This clear division of power only added to the conflict between the Tutsis and Hutus. Later, Rwanda became a territory of Belgium who continued running everything as Germany did. The Tutsis, however, gained more power under the rule of Belgium. The Hutus were forced to
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