The Rwandan Genocide

1188 WordsJul 16, 20185 Pages
Rwandan Genocide The Rwandan Genocide began on April 6, 1994 and lasted for about 100 days (History). The two groups involved, the Hutus and Tutsis, were in a massive conflict after their president was killed. The Hutus brutally killed about 800,000 Tutsis and supporters. This tragic genocide was not stopped by other countries during its peak, leaving the world wondering why. As we commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide, it is important to be informed about the tragedy. The way to distinguish the difference between Hutus and Tutsis groups was to know where the Rwanda settlements were. The cattle location determined the group. The people with the most cattle were the Tutsis. They could change the fact that they were a…show more content…
Once they were raped, they were either killed or turned into sex slaves. If they were killed, they were tortured sexually before. Everyone was killed with hand weapons, such as machetes or clubs. People were almost always tortured before being killed. Killings were long and painful. The Hutus did not bury the Tutsi bodies. They were eaten by rats and dogs, exposed to everyone. Some bodies were thrown into rivers, lakes, and swamps (20th Century History). A way to kill Tutsis and get paid was to sell bullets. Since the killings were torturous, some people paid the killer to just shoot them. This stopped suffering for them, but with a payment. It made a much quicker death possible. Rwandan society had a lot of negative media attention, especially from the Kangura newspaper. The Kangura newspaper controlled Hutu experiments by releasing information. The main thing they did was spread hate. Because of all the negativity the Hutus were getting from the killing, The Ten Commandments for the Hutu were created (United Human Rights Council). They were rules the Hutus had to obey. They were considered traitors if they married or did business with a Tutsi. It said positions and the military would only consist of Hutus and could only associate with other Hutus. The most well-known organization was the RTLM (20th Century History). It started on July 8, 1993 with the radio and television beginning to spread hate. At first, it gained popularity and listeners by playing
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