The Rwandan Genocide Essay

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The Rwandan Genocide (1994)


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1. Introduction
A. Definition of genocide
B. Overview of the genocide
2. The Historical Rivalry between Hutu and Tutsi A. Background of Hutu and Tutsi B. Effect of the West in Rwanda
3. The Massacre
A. The mass killings
B. The Perpetrators
C. Women and Children in the genocide
4. The Aftermath
A. Tutsi Government
B. Economic Recovery
C. Physical and Psychological effects
5. Conclusion
A. Personal Opinion
B. Recommendations

Introduction The genocide concept comprised two words, genos, a Greek word meaning tribe or race and cide a Latin word meaning killing of pointed out by Polish Jurist Raphael Lemkin.
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Rwanda is a colony of Belgium who divided the Rwandese with respect to their ethnicity. The European colonialists introduced a class system or aristocracy in which regarded the Tutsis as the superior ones making them feel more significant than the Tutsis. This was marked by their employment and education preference. The colonist fashioned the right weapons for violent attacks. In addition, the missionaries had their contribution as well. They incited Hutus and warned them against oppression planting a seed in which revolution would occur. Hutus armed themselves and began to rebel in nineteen fifty six and this continued until nineteen fifty nine where a riot occurred. This natured feelings of resentment which were marked by riots as those occurred in nineteen fifty nine where over twenty thousand Tutsi died while others sought refuge in other East African countries (Melvern, 2000). After independence of Rwanda in nineteen sixty two, the Hutus took leadership position in which the Tutsis suffered in return. There occurred provincial factions and things were getting out of hand for Hutu. The economy deteriorated under their leadership of President Juvenal Habyarimana. Tutsis who had sought refuge in Uganda, led by Paul Kagame established the Rwandan

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