Analysis Of Jean Hatzfeld's Machete Season: The Killers In Rwanda

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Throughout history people have always attempted to eliminate each other for various reasons. In April 1994 Rwanda was in a brutal between the ethnic groups the Hutus and Tutsis. The Hutus led a genocide against another ethnic group the Tutsi in a gruesome civil war. Jean Hatzfeld’s book Machete Season: The Killers in Rwanda Speak. Hatzfeld interviews with a group of Hutu mass murderers that were all friends and came from the same region. Hatzfeld argues that the genocide was a politically motivated appalling act. On April 6, 1994 Rwanda President Juvenal Habyarimana, a Hutu, was assassinated after his plane was shot down moments before landing in Rwanda. Hatzfeld explains the massacres of the genocide began the same night Habyarimana was assassinated …show more content…
Alphonse recalls how his life vastly improved because they looted and profited from everything they stolen. The Hutu rebels became crueler they used killing as some type of meditation and did not think about the effect it would have on them. Adablert clarifies how they went from being eager to kill into killing casually. As the killings continued the Hutu rebels had in mind to finish the job and terminate the Tutsis. Adalbert recalls feeling less patriotic and refused to listen to the radio broadcast from the authorities, some of the rebels became tired of murdering the Tutsis and the others would torture the Tutsis to amuse themselves. Hatzfeld describes how the Rwandan genocide was a result of plans and preparations devised importantly by collective decisions. Hatzfeld compares the decision to commit genocide with the German implementation of the Holocaust, for example Hatzfeld elucidates how the Hutus emerged from a violent and defective movement to gaining control of Rwanda when they declared independence in 1962. In 1973 Juvenal Habyarimana at who the time was a Major General in the military led a coup d’état to isolate Tutsi citizens, he instigated most massacres against the …show more content…
By the end of the genocide nearly 800,000 lives were tragically lost. Society has struggled to achieve justice because of the fact that the country of Rwanda was devastated, survivors were psychologically and physically impaired. Rwanda has struggled with justice for the reason that tensions between the Hutus and Tutsis are once again rising. These two ethnic groups have despised each other for decades, due to the fact the Tutsis and Hutus were taught to dislike each other for various reasons. Justice can be achievable if the Rwandan government can promote the Hutus and Tutsi to co-exist with each other even though they speak the same language and follow the same traditions. Shattered societies such as Rwanda can be refurbished by each ethic group forgiving each other for the violence over the decades. The United Nations should continue to help refurbish Rwanda because along with other organizations they can help promote peace and harmony in the country of

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