Rwand A Melting Pot Of Issues Essay
1353 Words Dec 17th, 2015 6 Pages
The Rwandan genocide was an atrocity that marked an age of unrest and violence in Central Africa. A nation unbalanced for years had finally imploded, leading to the mass murder of hundreds of thousands of Tutsis. This genocide was the result of multiple things, creating instability, and unbalancing the relationship between the Tutsis and the Hutus. Tensions built up for decades were finally released. While many would blame Belgium, Germany, and colonization for catalyzing the genocide, there were many other factors involved, including structural oppression, the rise of the Rwandan Patriot Front, and most notably propaganda spread by the Rwandan Radio; proving that while colonialism may have played a large role in starting the genocide, it was not the only factor leading to it. To prove this, I will first address the role colonialism played in polarizing class structures, followed by analyzing the role the Rwandan Patriot Front played in destabilizing the region, finally moving to address the effect of propaganda spread by the Rwandan Radio.
The Belgium and German occupation of Rwanda led to the polarization of the Hutus and Tutsis, causing a class struggle that further destabilized the region. When Belgium colonized Rwanda in 1916, many Tutsi forces supported them as they had during World War One. The Belgium colonizers backed the Tutsis, providing them with the funding and education necessary for them to lead a monarchy. While the Belgium…