Rwandan Genocide Essay

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Genocide The deliberate and systematic extermination of a national, racial, political or cultural group. The events of the Jewish Holocaust during the 1930’s and 1940’s were repeated in the horrific event of the Rwandan genocide of the early 1990’s. Rwanda was a peaceful, diverse country in Central Africa that had a population of around 7 million people. There were 3 different ethnic groups: the Hutu (approximately 85% of the country’s population), the Tutsi (approximately 14%) and the Twa (approximately 1%). There were many languages that were spoken there. These languages included: Kinyarwanda, French and English. There were also a variety of religions, for example: the Roman Catholic, the Protestants, the Muslims and many more indigenous beliefs. This peaceful country soon changed into a ravaged country where at least 500,000 people were killed between April and July 1994 when a Hutu extremist-led government launched a plan to murder the country’s entire Tutsi minority…show more content…
Another important event was in April, 1994 when the Habyarimana and the Burundian presidents were killed after their plane was shot down over Kigali. The RPF sent an extremist Hutu militia and elements of the Rwandan military to begin the systematic massacre of the Tutsis. Also, in 1994 to 1996, refugee camps in Zaire fell under the control of the Hutu militias who were in responsible for the genocide in Rwanda. In 1995, the Hutu militia extremists and the Zairean government forced an attack on the local Zairean Banyamulenge Tutsis. Also, in 1995, the United Nation-appointed international tribunal began charging and sentencing a number of people responsible for the Hutu and Tutsi atrocities. Some important people who tried to stop these massacres were the French and the American

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