Tutsis And Hutus's Role In The Rwandan Genocide

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Men, women, children, even babies, were tortured to death in a fight between two tribes, the Tutsis and Hutus. On April 7th 1994 in Rwanda one of the top ten genocides took place over the span of 3 months. The genocide was started by the death of the Rwandan president Junenal Habyarimana, a Hutu. When his plane was shot down at kigali airport. Over the course of 100 days from April 7th to July 16th 1994, an estimated 800,000 to 1 million Tutsis and some Hutus were murdered in the Rwandan genocide. The male Tutsi population almost got wiped out, males in rwanda are only 20% of the population now with 90% of the existing population suffering from symptoms of PTSD. Over the past two decades Rwanda has done an amazing job of rebuilding its institutions and economy. Tutsis and hutus, survivors and former killers now live together side by side even with the sad past.…show more content…
In 1963 Tutsis were not allowed to take part in the government. When they asked the president he was murdered. The hutus blamed tutsis and seeked revenge.Thousands went to friendly neighboring countries and others found spots to hide within Rwanda, in the ceilings of homes, in holes in the ground, in the forest and the swamps. Some bought their lives once, others paid for their safety over a period of weeks, either with money or with sexual services.The well-organised Rwandan Patriotic Front, helped out by Uganda's army, slowly seized more territory, until 4th July, when its forces went into the capital, Kigali. Around two million Hutus civilians and some involved in the genocide escaped across the border into Democratic Republic of the Congo at that time called Zaire, fearing revenge attacks.

Today, Rwanda has two holidays mourning the genocide. The national mourning period begins with Kwibuka, the national remembrance, on April 7 and concludes with Liberation Day on July 4th. The week following April 7th is an official week of mourning, known as
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