UNAMIR: The Un's Fight For Peace

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When the Hutu-led government of Juvénal Habyarimana signed the Arusha Accords on August 4th, 1993 a ceasefire between the Hutus and the Tutsis, the two ethnic groups in Rwanda, started, and with this, the Rwandan civil war ended. UNAMIR was created on 1993 by the UN to supervise and achieve peace and ceasefire in Rwanda by ensuring that the Arusha Accords were signed. The mission was a success and it was supposed to bring a definite peace between the Hutus, who were in power, and the RPF, which was the Rwandan Patriotic Force who were the Tutsi refugees who came back from Uganda to Rwanda. But since that moment the tensions between those two ethnic groups began to increase. On April 6th, 1994, the Rwandan Hutu President Habyariman was shot and killed. The Hutus blamed the Tutsis and the RPF. This finally led to the selective mass assassinations against the Tutsis and the genocide began. For the…show more content…
The UN created a division called UNAMIR, which stands for United Nation’s Assistance Mission for Rwanda. UNAMIR was created in 1993 with the task to help implement the Arusha Accords and to assist in ensuring the peace and security in Rwanda. This organization succeeded in its mission until the genocide began. Since the beginning of the genocide, more than six men, woman and children were murdered every minute. UNAMIR’s strategy worked until the moment in which the Rwandan’s implemented weapons. Many people believed that the Arusha Accords weren’t the solution for ensuring definite peace in Rwanda. Ambassador Swinnen of Belgium said “ Radio Rwanda described the Arusha Accords in monotonous and insipid tones. I pleaded with the government to use more attractive, persuasive language to convince the political forces that were becoming radicalized to support the Arusha Accords. Unfortunately, the international community failed in this effort.” [Swinnen,
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