Genocide : Systematic Extermination Of A National, Racial, Political, Or Cultural Group

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Genocide is “the deliberate and systematic extermination of a national, racial, political, or cultural group” (“Genocide”). In short, genocide is the mass murder of a certain group of people, whether it’s because of their race, beliefs, political opinions, or ethnic background. Everyone in this world is different, but some of these differences can cause tension. Some of these tensions stem from hatred, politics, and power, which are all causes of the Rwandan genocide. The Rwandan genocide is one of the most brutal and bloodiest genocides of all time, resulting in over 800,000 deaths.
The Rwandan genocide was a horrific mass murder that took place in Rwanda in the year of 1994. Rwanda was once run by the Tutsi population, until the Hutus gained control after gaining independence from Belgium in 1962. Afterwards, the citizens elected President Juvenal Habyarimana, a Hutu, to run their country. The Tutsis were upset by this and some Tutsi rebels formed the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) and invaded Rwanda in 1990. A peace deal was then signed and gave both Hutus and Tutsis equal control in the government. The Hutus and Tutsis had tension ever since. On April 6, 1994, a plane carrying President Habyarimana was shot down (“Genocide in Rwanda”). Hutus immediately blamed the Tutsis for the murder of their president, and began the immediate slaughter of Tutsis. Throughout this entire genocide, Hutu extremists targeted any and every Tutsi they saw as well as any Hutu who disagreed…

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