Rwandan Genocide

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Between April and June 1994 warfare between the Hutus and Tutsis people struck in the East African country of Rwanda. To call it a tragedy would be an understatement when faced with the estimated death count of one million Tutsis and moderate Hutus over the span one hundred days. The genocide resulted from the desire to control and obtain power within Rwanda and stemmed from a history of cultural and social class conflict amongst the rival groups. This bloodshed proved to be one the most horrific events in history. The Tutsi people had joined the Rwanda population during the 1300’s. Before the colonial era, Tutsis typically occupied the higher status in the social system and the Hutus the lower. However, mobility on the social hierarchy…show more content…
When an attack was launched, all Tustis remaining in the country were considered accomplices of the RPF. In August 1993, the Organization of African Unity (OAU) and the governments in power signed the Arusha peace agreements. It appeared to bring an end to the conflict between the Hutu dominated government and the RPF. In October 1993, the Security Council established the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda (UNAMIR) in maintain peace, and provide humanitarian assistance and general support. However, human rights violations started becoming for frequent and the security and Agreement was deteriorating. The Hutu majority was planning a movement to exterminate the Tutsis and moderate Hutus. On April 6, 1994 the deaths of the Presidents of Burundi and Rwanda in a plane crash caused through Rwanda into several weeks of intense massacres that started just less than a half hour after the incident. An estimated one million people died and 150,000 to 250,000 women raped. The radio broadcasted the plane crash was a result of the RPF and UN soldiers. This initiated even more fatalities, forcing Belgium to withdraw the rest of its force. On April 21, other countries also withdrew and the UNAMIR force reduced from and intial 2,165 to 270. On June

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