Rwanda's Transition In The Rwandan Genocide By Benaron

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Running the Rift focuses on an adolescent who matures in the frightening Rwandan society that tears itself apart.. Benaron wrote the book to retell the genocide and bases much of her novel on her own travels in Rwanda. The Rwandan Genocide officially began in 1994, but decades prior to the Tutsi slaughter, racial violence ravaged the Rwandan Hutus and Tutsis. Historyrocket describes Rwanda before the year 1900 when both races lived in Rwanda for centuries before European imperialists set foot in Africa, and Hutu and Tutsi were terms that did not exist. The Germans had lain claim to Rwandan land and permitted the Tutsis to take control of society. After the first world war, Belgians encouraged the Tutsi monarchy which oppressed the Hutu peasants …show more content…
Survivors Fund documents the total death toll of the Rwandan Genocide: “Over the course of 100 days from April 6 to July 16 1994, an estimated 800,000 to 1 million Tutsis and some moderate Hutus were slaughtered in the Rwandan genocide. A recent report has estimated the number to be close to 2 million” (Statistics). The Genocide was not only massive in numbers but occurred within a short amount of time.A unique, Hutu survivor of the Genocide …show more content…
In testimony, innocent boys’ legs were cut off, yet Benaron excludes the inhumanities of the genocide; creating a book of fiction. As Bea reenters the book, Benaron belittles the rape of Bea, when in actuality, the genocidal rape scared thousands for the rest of their lives. The absence of a realistic reaction to the genocidal rape proves Benaron’s preference to romance over reality. In essence, Running the Rift inaccurately records the destructive genocide that brought the world to tears. While Benaron teaches that the Rwandan Genocide was destructive, she misrepresents the severity of the horrific massacre that decimated millions of innocent lives. By misrepresenting the Rwandan Genocide, Benaron disparages both the Tutsis who endured the traumatizing exploitation and their historic

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