Rwandan Genocide Analysis

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In 1993, the Rwandan Genocide was a major controversial issue in which the United Nations failed to provide abrupt support to the Tutsi tribe when Hutu extremists attempted to kill off all of the tribe. Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN), Kofi Annan, delivered a speech to the world stating, “All of us who cared about Rwanda…wish that we could have prevented the genocide” (Annan, 1998). Whether or not the UN did everything in their power to help the Hutu’s is a debatable issue still discussed today. The Hutu’s were not assisted wholly by the UN when they were being murdered.
Eighty-five percent of the population in Rwanda is Hutu, while the rest is Tutsi. Along with the fifteen percent of Tutsi’s are a small number of Twa, who originally
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In 1973, Major General Juvenal Habyarimana was selected by a military group to be the Rwandan leader for two decades and was later elected to be president under a new constitution (History.com Staff, 2009). Seventeen years later, the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), a rebel group made up of Tutsi exiles, invaded Rwanda (Rwanda genocide: 100 days of slaughter, 2014). In 1993, Habyarimana signed an agreement forming a transition government that contained the RPF which infuriated the Hutus. This caused them to take part in an atrocious act to try and prevent this government from being formed (History.com Staff, …show more content…
“Hit-lists” were even being handed out to groups so they knew just who they were to kill. Before Rwandan’s knew it, mass killings were occurring. Innocent people were being killed. Even Hutus were being killed if they wouldn’t assist the others in the slaughter. Men were even killing their Tutsi wives, because they would be killed if they didn’t. It was hard to hide whether you were a Hutu or a Tutsi during this time because everyone had an ID, and those ID’s contained everyone’s ethnic groups (Rwanda genocide: 100 days of slaughter, 2014). Radio stations were even sponsored to read off names of people that were to be killed at night. In total, nearly 800,000 people were murdered in the three months that the genocide was in action (History.com Staff,

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