The Role Of Primordialism In The Rwandan Genocide

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The Rwandan genocide has often been portrayed as an inevitable ethnic conflict that was born out of tribal differences and ever present ‘ancient hatreds’. The most common place in which this portrayal of the genocide has been given space is in journalistic accounts or political explanations of the genocide. Primordialism has served a purpose in explaining the genocide by ‘romanticising’ the conflict without requiring a specific perpetrator; without needing apologies from unresponsive governments and international organisations such as the UN. It is clear that ‘‘ethnicity or ‘tribalism’ is frequently used as an auto- explanation of political events in Africa’,particularly by the media. However, the space given to Primordialism to explain the

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