Peace And Conflict Analysis: Hotel Rwanda And The Rwandan Genocide

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Having watched this movie in a high school history class, I immediately knew why it was an option to pick from. Even with the new information that I have learned so far in Peace and Conflict studies, I still found this movie hard to stomach. Although Hollywood portrays a more unrealistic heroic version of the historical events that took place, Hotel Rwanda stills shows the conflict between two groups in Africa. Hotel Rwanda centers around the war between the Hutu tribe and the Tutsi tribe in Rwanda, also known as the Rwandan Genocide. Belgium was a catalyst for the war as they segregated Rwanda and built up the power of the Tutsi, causing hatred from the Hutus. When Belgium left, the Hutus began to revolt against the Tutsi population. They …show more content…
In the movie, the UN could not take an offensive stance because of mandate that requires peaceful measures to settle disputes. Today, the United Nations struggle to be able to solve a problem like ISIS. In many ways, I find that the current crisis in Syria is comparable to the Rwandan Genocide. The Free Syrian Army has taken arms against the Syrian government just like the Hutus killed the Rwandan president and tried to take over. The war has displaced and endangered many Syrians causing them to become refugees with nowhere to go. World powers are hesitant to take these refugees in and help them just like in the …show more content…
Beligum helped build the cultural beliefs of the Hutu and Tutsi populations. They made the Hutu believe they were inferior to the Tutsi. This is how their cultural identity was formed, and they were raised to believe they were less than the “other”. The Hutu people felt their identities were threatened by the Tutsi, so it began the source of conflict. I believe the Hutu tribe were not fluent in conflict. As discussed in class, LeBaron suggests, “Potential for conflict to generate learning, stimulate creativity, and strengthen relationships is realized when divergent starting points and currencies are recognized and respected ”. The Hutu did not embrace this potential instead they tried to destroy the Tutsi

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