How Did Rwanda's Genocide Change Our World

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Spencer Allen
Mrs. Hemphill
English 2
21 November 2014

An Unbroken Silence


In the 20th century, the most notorious genocide ever to have taken place occurred in Europe under the rule of the Nazis. The holocaust marked the genocide of six million Jews.
Genocide is a mass killing of a group of people that results in thousands of deaths and fatalities. In the span of 100 days in 1994, “800,000 men, women, and children perished in the Rwandan genocide, perhaps as many as three quarters of the Tutsi population” (“Genocide in Rwanda”). Most genocides take place due to political differences, ethnic clashes, and or historical tensions between two or more ethnic groups. The perpetrators of the particular genocide, if found guilty,
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"How did Rwanda’s genocide change our world?" African Arguments. Central Africa Forum, 2 Apr. 2014. Web. 10 Nov. 2014. <>. In Omar McDoom’s article “How did Rwanda’s genocide change our world?” (April 2, 2014), he suggests that “the hundreds of thousands of lives so brutally taken in Rwanda left a mark on the world’s conscience and moved us a little closer toward making ‘never again’ a credible promise.” Due to the events of the Rwandan genocide, “the protection of civilians is now central to UN operations in the DRC, Mali, Ivory Coast, and South Sudan.” Omar McDoom writes to inform about the brutality of the genocide in order to raise awareness so that it may be stopped from happening again. Omar writes to the public in saying “Rwanda’s violence has also generated much research and taught us much about ethnic conflict and …show more content…
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