It is estimated that some 200,000 people participated in the perpetration of the Rwandan genocide. In the weeks after April 6, 1994, 800,000 men, women, and children perished in the Rwandan genocide, perhaps as many as three quarters of the Tutsi population. At the same time, thousands of Hutu were murdered because they opposed the killing campaign and the forces directing it. The Rwandan genocide resulted from the conscious choice of the elite to promote hatred and fear to keep itself in power. This
The term “genocide” was made up by Raphael Lemkin in 1943. In April of 1915, the Ottoman government started the killings of the civilian Armenian population. In 1915, the Armenian population of the Ottoman State was reported at about two million. An estimated one million had perished by 1918, while others had become homeless and stateless refugees. By 1923, nearly the whole entire Armenian population disappeared.
Adolf Hitler once said "Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?" before he sent out troops to massacre men, women and children in Poland and Germany (Tran 1). This shows that because the Turks had gotten away with their actions at the time, Hitler felt that he could get away with it too. Thankfully, Hitler was wrong because Armenians are still around, spreading the word about their cause today, 97 years later. But how do these Armenians keep their 97 year old cause contemporary?
This threesome involved the country into WWI as the ally of Germany. Later in 1915 the same government outlined and put into effect a plan for the elimination of Armenians, estimated between two and three millions subjects. The plan was carried out in phases. In April 1915 people represented the Armenian religious, political, educational, and intellectual authority in the Western tradition, variously one thousand individuals, were jailed throughout the entire Empire, and consequently killed within few days. The next phase consisted of liquidation of the young male adult population, which mainly were recruits of the Turkish army.
Genocide is the deliberate and systematic destruction, in whole or in part, of an ethnic, racial, religious, or national group. Everybody in their life time has heard about the Holocaust, but there were many other genocides besides the Holocaust. One of the other genocides is the genocide in Rwanda. Like the Holocaust, the genocide in Rwanda involved the government trying to annihilate the other ethnic group. The Genocide lasted from April to June of 1994.
As Tim Judah wrote, “This was not just ignorance but foolhardiness, for which the people of former Yugoslavia are still paying today.” Much of the ethno-nationalism felt by the people by the Bosnia-Herzegovina genocide, was a direct result of the violent and confusing history and ideologies prior to and after the World Wars. The connection between what was occurring in the Baltic States and within Turkey was strong. Until 1913, many of the Baltic states, that later formed Yugoslavia, were controlled by the Ottoman Empire. However, by the end of the Balkan Wars, the Ottoman Empire lost approximately 85 percent of their European territory and 70 percent of their European population. These shifts of power lead to uncertainty and nationalism within the newly, or almost, independent Baltic States and the shrinking Ottoman Empire.
The Turks established Turkey and they planned to make their new nation ethnically pure. Massive amounts of Christians in Turkey were pushed out. They were forced to leave the lands they lived on for generations. These poor people had been in Asia Minor ever since the biblical times; but, were treated as if they were foreign scum. It is an unfortunate incident, only to become even more devastating to the Christian peoples.
Paula Buari Professor Susan Storrs English 2800 27 June 2012 Rwandan Genocide of 1994 Popularly known as the “100 Days of Massacre,” the 1994 genocide in Rwanda shocked the world as they watched in complete disbelief at the series of events that unfolded on the evening of April 6, 1994. The genocide lead to a death toll of over 800, 000 people, an estimate of about 20% of the country’s total population (Martin), and over 2 million were displaced from Rwanda as they fled to Zaire, now Republic of Congo (“Zaire/Democratic Rep.”). Scholars, journalists, and writers have attempted to explain how the genocide came about. Indeed, the Rwanda genocide of 1994 was caused by a variety of factors, which led to an inevitable outcome. In comprehending the factors that lead to the events of the April 1994 mass murder in Rwanda, it is crucial to understand the social and ethnic instability of the country, which ultimately paved the way for the animosity that existed among the Rwandans.
From 1915 to 1923, Armenians were persecuted, beaten, stolen from, degraded, and deported. They were sent into places like the desert to die. To this day, the topic of the Armenian genocide remains a sensitive subject within diplomatic communities. According to Dr. Emil Souleimanov, assistant professor at the Department of Russian and East European Studies, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic and author of “An Endless War: The Russian-Chechen Conflict in Perspective“ (Peter Lang, 2007) “The dilemma of the so-called Armenian genocide remains a key political topic, which separates Armenia and the Turkish Republic and causes tension in the entire region.”. Genocide is a problem that does not go away over time; it stays present and festers until the situation is completely
However, most of the massacre began April 24, 1915 which ended with over 2 million killed and tortured in total. European countries treat this matter with respect to the Armenian massacres in two ways. They condemned the Ottoman state and stand up to protect the Armenians. However, they did it truly diplomatically, all their interests. When it was necessary to Turkey in something they conceded they forgot about it.