The Rwandan Genocide And The Genocide Essay

1053 Words Dec 16th, 2015 5 Pages
Quoted in the Genocide Memorial Center, 11 year old Donata described her feelings toward the Rwandan genocide. “I’ll never see my parents again, and yet I’ll see the people who killed them, and those people’s children, for the rest of my life. I can’t bear the thought of it.” The Rwandan genocide began in April of 1994. During the genocide over 800,000 Rwandans were murdered in the masses. Neighbors killed neighbors and friends killed friends. There are two major ethnicities within Rwanda. The majority of Rwanda consists of Hutus who were believed to be from sub-Saharan Africa. The second group in Rwanda are the Tutsis. They are possible descendants from Europeans and came from Ethiopia. In the Rwandan genocide, Hutu extremists murdered Hutu moderates and Tutsis. Before African colonization in the late 1800s, Rwanda was an independent country. Tutsis were the upper class because they owned cattle which made them wealthy. Hutus were the lower class because farming produced less wealth. Hutus could become classified as Tutsis if they gained wealth or cattle and the converse was true for Tutsis. Preceding colonization, aside from land disputes, there were no major conflicts between Hutu and Tutsi groups. Then, Rwanda was colonized by the Belgians. The Belgians initially favored the Tutsis because of their European roots. They enforced Tutsi law and kept the Hutus working in the farmlands. After the Rwandan civil war of 1993, the Belgians shifted their support to the…

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