The Genocide And The Rwandan Genocide Essay

1482 Words Apr 3rd, 2015 6 Pages
"If the pictures of tens of thousands of human bodies being gnawed on by dogs do not wake us out of our apathy, I do not know what will," stated Kofi Annan, the Secretary-General of the United Nations (Melvern 235). In 1994, the Rwandan Genocide, caused myriads of deaths within three months. A genocide is a crime and is meant to kill members of a group in society. Unfortunately, the majority of people today have little to no knowledge of the Rwandan Genocide. The United States should have intervened in response to the Rwandan Genocide, which led to numerous issues because of the horrific effects on the people that constituted the genocide and the failure of other countries to intervene.
Prior to colonization, Rwanda, located in Central Africa, was a fine, fertile and densely populated land. At the Conference of Berlin, Germany had claimed Rwanda, but after World War I, Belgium gained control of Rwanda. Rwandan people were all equal until colonialists divided them into ethnic groups based on their physical traits and qualities. In fact, the Rwandan citizens were required by the Belgian government to carry an ID card which stating the group they belong to. The racial prejudice that was planted in their society soon created tension between the different groups. The two main ethnic divisions were the Hutus and Tutsis. Most of the population consisted of Hutus (85 percent), who were part of the lower class and were not as wealthy. Members of the Hutu group were thought to be…

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