Rwandan Genocide of 1994 Essays

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The Rwandan Genocide of 1994 lasted only for a brief period and lasted for approximately a hundred days. During that time, an estimated amount of 800 000 people were slaughtered. Beginning on April of 1994, massacres were held on a daily basis with the intent to eliminate an ethnic group known as the Tutsi by another ethnic group known as the Hutus. This genocide was overlooked by the United Nations, and the superpowers of the time offered very little or no assistance at all to Rwanda. The civil unrest between the Hutus and the Tutsi has been in place since the Belgians segregated the two groups after being handed Rwanda after World War I. The Tutsis were favoured and placed above the Hutus and identity cards were distributed to…show more content…
After World War I, the Belgians were given Rwanda and Burundi after the defeat of Germany. Despite their cultural similarities, which included language and geography, the Hutus and the Tutsi were given identity cards by the Belgians that marked their ethnic affiliation. The Belgians favoured the Tutsis and so they were privy to a much higher social status and were able to gain a decent education, which allowed them to get better jobs whereas the Hutus were often restricted to being farmers or servants. There was a deep cultural unbalance and the idea of favouritism and segregation led to unrest and discrimination against the Tutsis by the Hutus. Ethnic groups was divided by white people before leaving our countries after getting our independence saying that one of the part had more advantages over the other…. Like saying Tutsis were rich and Hutus just work for them in their farms as workers or grooms. That’s why they were seeking to revenge against Tutsis and so genocide to happen. After World War II, the Belgians had prepared to pull out of Rwanda, allowing it to gain independence. In 1959, the nationalist Party of the Hutu Emancipation Movement (PARMEHUTU) came to power and by this time, the Hutus held the majority
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