Essay on The Genocide And The Rwandan Genocide

1003 Words Nov 16th, 2015 5 Pages
Conflict, from the many forms it takes—religious, ideological, racial, etc.—it has always been a strong theme throughout human history. Its so prevalent one might say its part of human nature. Whether it is part of human nature or just a byproduct of it, one can’t deny that it can manifest in nefarious ways and cause horrible events to occur—genocide is one. Merriam-Webster defines genocide as “the deliberate killing of people who belong to a particular racial, political, or cultural group.” Some of the most infamous genocides include The Holocaust, Al-Anfal Genocide and the Rwandan Genocide. Due to the inaction of the international community, The Rwandan Genocide—a preventable event—is considered one of the greatest recent failures of international peace-making efforts. Even though it is widely accepted that the Rwandan Genocide could have been prevented, there is still the question: Was the international community correct in not getting involved in Rwanda due to the concerns it held at the time.
Before we can discuss whether the international community was correct for their inaction, we first have to look at what caused, occurred during, and happened after the Rwandan Genocide. The Rwandan Genocide was caused by tension between two groups of Rwandans: The Tutsi and Hutu’s. The word Tutsi was originally used to describe the status of a person who owned many cattle, but then progress into a term that referred to the elite’s. The Hutu people were historically dominated by the…

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