The Genocide Of The Rwandan Genocide Essay

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The Rwandan Genocide took place in 1994 and involved members of the Hutu mass killing Tutsi and Tutsi sympathizers who were Hutu. The genocide resulted in the deaths of around 800,000 people, majority Tutsi. The separation of classes came from Belgian internationals creating the two ethnic classes and giving power to the Tutsi who were taller and had lighter skin, and generally appeared more European. In response to this, after the country gained independence from Belgium, Hutu extremists gathered enough power through manipulation and groupthink in order to form the militia, for example the Interahamwe and Impuzamugambi. The killings were initiated by the assassination of president Juvenal Habyarimana, which ended any ties of peace between the two ethnicities. After his death, many Hutu extremists called for other Hutu individuals to brandish weapons and kill, rape, or destroy Tutsi citizens and their property. Predominantly, the utilization of propaganda was vital in uniting and brainwashing groups of Hutu into acting violent against Tutsi civilians. Often Tutsi were compared to cockroaches and were deemed an infestation, desensitizing the murders. There was a lack of help from outside countries and the UN, or even support of the genocide from countries such as France, which allowed for the genocide to last until the Rwandan Patriotic Front was able to push the rebels into the Congo, but there was no actual peace process that occurred between the two ethnicities. Thus,

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