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The Hutus And The Tutsis Essay

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The argument between the Hutus and the Tutsis began way before the genocide started, and the Tutsis were oppressing the Hutus first. During 500 and 1000 BC, the “Hutus first settled in the Great Lakes region of Central Africa” (The Heart) and lived in large agricultural families. The Tutsis, on the other hand, came much later to that land from Ethiopia, and they settled with the Hutus. They acquired their “language, beliefs and customs” (The Heart). The Tutsis began becoming more wealthy than the Hutus because they were cattle herders and the Hutus were farmers. The Tutsis became economically dominant over the Hutus and ruled the Hutus. Many historians believe that it was economic, not ethnic, differences in how close they were to the king. If someone was closer in distance from the king, then they are Tutsis, and if someone lived farther away from the king then they were Hutus. In the late 19th Century, the Belgians took over and made the Tutsis and the Hutus have identification cards. These cards made it possible for the Tutsis to have a better education and better jobs than the Hutus. The disagreement between the Hutus and the Tutsis started long before the genocide and caused numerous people to suffer. The assassination of President Habyarimana, in 1994, is considered one historical or political cause of the start of the Rwandan Genocide. There are two stories about why the president’s plane was shot down. The first one was that some people in the Hutu government and
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