Causes Of Refugees In Rwanda

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. It was to be said that each person would be issued an identity card stating what member of what tribe they are a part of. The ethnicity of an individual person was based off of the ethnicity of what their father was (Magnarella 26). This process of giving out identification cards was seen as extremely negative in the eyes of the citizens of Rwanda. A couple decades later in 1959, the pro-Hutu party launched a revolt that resulted in the bloody ethnic clashes (Magnarella 26). The results of the attacks left more than a thousand Tutsis dead and a little more than a hundred thousand Tutsis that fled Rwanda becoming refugees. A few years later in 1962, the country of Rwanda had become independent. The Tutsi refugees in Burundi tried to launch …show more content…
The main motive of this group was to return to Rwanda. Between the years 1990 through 1993, the Rwandan Patriotic Front carried out a number of assaults into Rwanda attempting to seize the power. However, the attempts had deemed to be unsuccessful and resulted in the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people (Magnella 28). The retaliation as a result of the attempted attacks were detrimental, as approximently two-thousand Tutsis were killed by the Hutus. However, despite the retaliation, the Hutus eventually caved to the pressure of Europe forcing them to allowed for the political parties of Rwanda. The agreements stated that the Hutus must share power with the Tutsis and allow the return of the refugees, and the allowing of Tutsis to join the armed forces (Magnella 28). The signing of the agreement left many people in the Hutus dissatisfied as they would most likely lose their privileged positions in the government. Shortly after this event, the plane carrying the current president of Rwanda was shot down by what was believed to be extremist of the Hutus. The shooting down of the plane is what ignited the beginning of the end stages of the Rwandan genocide. The Hutus had begun setting up roadblocks searching each individual that passed by looking at their identification card seeing if they were a member of the …show more content…
Looking at the Rwandan genocide, it was truly the most deadliest event to take place in human history. It is important to study a real life case of genocide in order to get a better understanding of genocide. In addition, the information that was provided on the Rwandan genocide presented some of the stages of genocide. As it is already known, genocide takes a great deal of time to unfold and eventually take place. It could be said that back in the 1930s is when the classification stage of genocide took place, as that is when the Hutus and Tutsis were divided based off of their ethnicities. The preparation phase could be linked to when the president was shot down by Hutu extremist causing other Hutus to believe it was the RPF that shot down the plane. By doing that, that really is what got people going as they believed the propaganda and lies the Hutus were saying about the Tutsis. The persecution phase of genocide came shortly after the shooting down of the plane as they began searching for Tutsis and looking over everyone identification card who passed through the area. Lastly, the extermination phase was the hundred day long period where the Hutus murdered close to a million of the Tutsis

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