The Genocide And The Rwandan Genocide Essay

1200 Words May 6th, 2016 null Page
“Tutsi in Rwanda, much like Jews in Nazi Germany, were ‘socially dead’ people, whose murder was as acceptable as it became common” (Hintjens, 241). Starting April 1994, the country of Rwanda began to witness the mass slaughter directed towards the Tutsi minority killing around a million people. This genocide is defined as a genocide because it was planned before it actually occurred. The main purpose of this literature review is to figure out some of the main causes of the genocide through Rwanda’s history as a colony and the role of social constructivism, and the drive of Hutu elites to maintain their sovereignty supported by two journals by scholars Peter Uvin and Helen Hintjens. Each scholar explains the main influences of a nation that was once coexisted together ended up in despising those that were chosen to rule by the colonizer.
Peter Uvin’s Reading the Rwandan Genocide argues that the most accepted theory for the Rwandan genocide is the drive from the Hutu elites to maintain the political control. After Rwanda’s independence from Belgium, many events have jeopardized the Hutu’s right to rule from the late 1980s economic crisis, the invasion of the Rwandan patriotic front (FPR), a Tutsi rebel group, and the civil war of the early 1990s. The Hutu elite also had to protect their power would not be taken away by the FPR. In guaranteeing stability, the Hutu president Juvenal Habyarimana along with a group of powerful Hutu politicians and closest friends in…

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