The Tragic Events Of The Rwandan Genocide

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Between eight hundred thousand and one million people, dead within a span of one hundred days. This was the number of deaths that occurred during the tragic event of The Rwandan Genocide. The Rwandan Genocide was a very tragic event that began in April 1994 and went on until July 1994. This conflict involved two different groups, the Tutsi’s and the Hutu’s. The Tutsi’s were treated as higher class citizens and the Hutu’s were considered lower class citizens and they were not happy about it. The conflict began in 1986 when a rebel leader of the Tutsi’s, Yoweri Musevini, gained power of Uganda. Once Musevini was in power, the Tutsi’s began to lead attacks on the Hutu led government. After years of these attacks, the Hutu led government launched a genocidal campaign on the Tutsi’s killing over eight hundred thousand people within one hundred days. …show more content…
It was a tragic set of events that resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people. The Rwandan Genocide was a result of conflicts between two groups, the Hutu’s and the Tutsi’s. Relations between the two groups were at their breaking points when President Habyarimana and Cyprien Ntaryamira were assassinated, once they were killed tensions broke and it was complete chaos. Hutu’s were running through the streets with machetes and other weapons killing their Tutsi neighbors and robbing them of their possessions. Men, women and children were killed by the thousands every single day, and while this was all happening the rest of the world stood by and watched. Many countries including the United States stood on the sidelines and watched it all unfold. The killings and attacks lasted for one hundred days, during that time period, it is estimated that between eight hundred thousand and one million people were slaughtered. This was a tragic time in African history that should always be remembered, along with the people that lost their

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