the world against rwanda Essay

1429 WordsMar 27, 20096 Pages
In April of 1994, in the small country of Rwanda, Africa there began one of the fastest and most efficient genocides of the twentieth century. Within the first 100 days from April 6 to mid-July, more than 800,000 people were murdered by means of firearms, machetes, and other war tools by Hutu extremists and the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF). The genocide was led by a Hutu power groups called Akazu. For years there had been power struggles between the Hutus and Tutsi, and the assassination of president Habyarimana on April 6 was the beginning of the mass killings of Tutsis in Rwanda. The genocide began not long after the Rwanda Civil war and the Arusha Accords, a peace agreement to be implemented by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwnada (UNAMIR), was just about to be put into play. The homicides of the two presidents marked the end of the peace. Soon after the death of the president, media in Rwanda began to encourage Hutus to eliminate their Tutsi neighbors. It was as if the entire country had turned on the Tutsis, even a prime minister was quoted saying to her fellow ministers that if all Tutsis were exterminated, all of Rwanda’s problems would be over. A state-owned newspaper, the Kangura, played a serious role in anti-Tutsi messages by printing the 10 Hutu Commandments that told all Hutus to kill Tutsis and supposedly there have been leaflets made with pictures machetes and saying “what shall we do to complete the social revolution of 1959?” which refers to a Hutu revolt that overthrew the Tutsi monarchy. Even the radio stations were in on promoting the killing if Tutsis, Radio Rwanda and Radio Television Libre des Mille Collines. These stations played messages claiming that the Hutus would be attacked by the Tutsi s so they should kill them before they got a chance to attack. The stations were also used to give specific directions to where

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