Ethnic Differences Of The Rwandan Genocide Essay

1514 Words Nov 13th, 2016 7 Pages
Throughout history the world has experienced countless acts of mass violence and brutality. That being said few of these instances have rivaled that of the Rwandan genocide. In the early days of April 1994 until mid July of that same year upwards of 800,000 people were murdered, a rate that surpassed the Nazis in their killing of the Jews during the Holocaust. The perpetrators of these murders were a Rwandan ethnic group called the Hutu and their victims were not only of a separate ethnic tribe known as the Tutsi. Why and how were thousands of Hutus mobilized and able to so effectively carry out such an act of mass violence? Hutu political and military elite fearing an imminent loss of absolute power utilized long standing ethnic tensions, divisions, and institutions in association with recent economic hardship in order to mobilize their fellow Hutu to commit genocide on a catastrophic scale.
I: Overview to Ethnic Distinctions and Tensions In order to understand the ethnic divide within Introduction:
Rwanda leading up to the genocide it is necessary to analyze the country’s history. Before the arrival of the Belgian colonizers, Rwandans were already divided amongst three ethnic groups to include the Tutsi, Hutu, and Twa. Despite such distinctions these groups were rather fluid and considered homogenous in a sense due to the fact that each spoke the same language, followed the same religion, and exhibited many instances of intermingling such as marriage. This would…

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