The Blame For The Rwandan Genocide

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The evening of April 6 1994, marked the tragic assassination of the President of Rwanda, Juvenal Habyarimana. Which was to become the catalyst for the Rwandan genocide. The international community must bear the majority of the blame for the genocide as they became bystanders to the systematic killings of over 800,000 innocent Tutsis, largely women and children. The question then must be asked: how can such a calamity, with more than 7 Tutsi men, women and children killed every minute, last a total of 100 days? The International community is to be blamed much of the genocide in Rwanda. Firstly, the Belgium and German colonial period led to the early conflict between the Hutus and the Tutsis. Secondly, the United Nations not only failed to supply …show more content…
The genocide was as a result of the conflict between Hutus and Tutsis. Being the ones who led the killings behind the scenes, the Hutu government were largely responsible for the genocide act itself. Without the Hutu government providing name lists and details of Tutsis, the militia couldn 't have tracked down the Tutsis with such great speed. Despite the help of the Hutu government and army, the Hutu extremists are unquestionably the culprits of this tragedy. If both parties could have contained their anger and accepted their differences, then the genocide could have been prevented, and nearly a million lives could have been saved. The Rwandans themselves didn’t want peace, making it extremely difficult for the international community to effectively intervene. The genocide was unavoidable from the moment civil war broke out between the Hutus and the Tutsis. Where the Hutu government and the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF or else known as the ‘rebels’) represented both opposing sides. Augustin Bizimungu, the supreme commander of the Hutu army and Robert Kajuga and Georges Rutanganda, leaders of the Interahamwae, led the militia on a killing spree. Machetes, guns, poisonous gases, fire and grenades were supplied the Hutu government. This allowed the militia to easily butcher ethnic Tutsis and politically moderate Hutus in a matter of months. Although the international were largely responsible for the genocide, the Rwandans themselves cannot be totally

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