The Phycology Of Genocides : Rwandan Genocide Essay

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The Phycology of Genocides: Rwandan Genocide In the early 1990s, Rwanda had one of the highest population densities in Africa. The Rwandan population was comprised of Hutus, who made up 85% of the population while the Tutsis made up 14% of the population which “dominated the country,” (BBC , 2014). Before the Rwandan genocide the Hutus and the Tutsis ethnic groups got along with each other. They shared everything. They shared the same language, culture, and nationality. They were even intermarrying between the two groups. Most of the time they worked on farms together. The Hutus were usually in the field and the Tutsis were usually the landowners. When European colonists moved in they took the privileged and “educated intermediaries” and put them into two groups, governors and the governed. This division in labor caused a great divide within the two ethnic groups. Besides splitting the two groups up the Europeans also made other influence (Rawanda 1994).
When the European Colonists went to Rwanda they brought modern weapons, modern methods of war, and the Missionaries went to churches and “taught the Hutus to see themselves oppressed,” and inspired them to create a revolution. After the Europeans supported the Hutus, they began the revolt. By 1959 the Hutus had gained power and were taking land from the Tutsis. The Tutsis moved to neighboring countries and created the Front Patriotique Rwandais and were trained by the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF). The Hutus finally gained…

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