What was the Cause of the Rwandan Genocide?

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Plan of Investigation
What was the cause of the Rwandan Genocide?
The assassination of the president of Rwanda, Juvenal Habyarimana on April 6, 1994, was the event that started the 100 Day massacre of the Tutsis by the Hutus, known as the Rwandan Genocide. The objective of this investigation is to find out the root of the cause of the Rwandan Genocide. The body of evidence will investigate the history of the conflict between the Hutu and Tutsi ethnic groups and the events leading up to the genocide. The evidence includes articles from different news sources, ranging from CNN to BBC, and world organizations. The investigation will cover the history of the two ethnic groups, the reason for their conflict, events leading to the genocide, and events during the genocide itself.
B. Summary of Evidence
History of the Hutu and Tutsi:
The Hutus and Tutsis are descended from ancestors sharing a common language, who settled the Rwanda-Burundi area of east-central Africa . Among these people, two forms of subsistence developed: One group relied on cultivation and farming and the other relied on cattle raising¹. Farmers were Hutus and pastoralists were Tutsis¹. The terms Hutu and Tutsi became class markers, and the Tutsis were the wealthier members of the society¹.The Hutu has always been the majority population².The Tutsi have always been the minority population and they believe in a hierarchical system, with the king being at the top .
Conflict:
When the Europeans came into…

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