Life Of The Innocent : Taken

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Lives of the Innocent: Taken

As confirmed in Genocide in Rwanda the war that began April 6, 1994, mainly in Rwanda, Africa, lasted one hundred days and took close to one million lives of innocent people. Genocide is defined as the deliberate and systematic extermination of a national, racial, political, or cultural group. With Rwanda being the most densely populated nation in Africa, housing about ten million people, by the time the outside countries began assisting to stop the genocide hundreds of thousands were already dead. (Spalding 4-7) Lives of the innocent get taken on a daily basis, no matter where in the world you live or the color of your skin.

The Years Before
Even though the whole world knew what was taking place in Rwanda, no one wanted to step in and put a stop to it. Located in the middle of Africa, “Rwanda is ten thousand square miles– which the same size as Massachusetts.” Rwanda is a very poor country and the citizens rely mostly on agriculture and drink a lot of tea and coffee because it is very cheap. There are three ethnic groups in Rwanda, Hutu, Tutsi, and Twa. Of the three ethnic groups, Tutsi and Hutu were the most common of the three, with Twa being less than one percent of Rwandese. Tutsis were the richest and were generally tall, slender, had a lighter skin tone, and owned a lot of cattle. Hutus, on the other hand, were usually stockier and had a darker dark skin tone. (Spalding 4-7, Prunier 7-15) The Rwandan genocide was between the Hutus and
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