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    In 1994, the world witnessed one of the most horrific genocides in recent memory. As reported by the BBC, in the small African country of Rwanda, the conflict between two ethnic groups, the Hutus and the Tutsis, had been brewing for decades but throughout the colonial period, tensions rose substantially, ultimately ending in the bloody massacre now known as the genocide against the Tutsi. Belgian colonizers, who deemed the Tutsis to be preferable to the Hutus, created an even stronger divide by issuing ethnic identification cards and giving preferential treatment to the Tutsis. After Rwandan independence, the Hutus rose to power, proceeding to marginalize their adversaries and punish them for their years of Belgian favor.2 Finally, after nearly a century of build up, the war erupted after Hutu President Juvenal Habarimana’s plane was shot down on April 6, 1993. Both sides blamed one another for the attack: the Hutus claimed that the Rwandan Patriotic Front, a Tutsi refugee group based in Uganda, had shot down the plane and the Tutsis claimed that it was actually a Hutu attack…

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    Within these two groups existed a patron-client relationship, designed to strengthen the bond between the population and the king. Payment was mostly in cattle. This bond could be used to bind the powerful to the nonpowerful people. This relationship although meant to protect both parties, usually benefited the individual in power. The rulers of Rwanda were Tutsi, while the subjects were the Hutu. For instance, one man might give another a cow to symbolize their bond. There were other types of…

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    The Hutus and Tutsis were more similar than they were different. In fact, they shared key factors like the same language and even traditions. Tutis tended to be skinnier and taller than Hutus. Tutsi originated in Ethiopia. Around 1916 Belgian colonist arrived in Rwanda and began to take charge and colonize. When the Belgian colonist arrived they began to hand out identity cards, which stated the ethnicity of that person. The Belgians viewed the Tutsis superior to the Hutus. Since the Belgians…

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    Hutu-Tutsi Conflict

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    My personal framework for handling conflict is based primarily on working towards mutual understanding. Taking the ongoing Hutu and Tutsi conflict into consideration, I would take into consideration the issue at large and then narrow it down to each parties similarities in order to encourage unity that will open up the field for collaborative conflict management. By working towards a mutual understanding of each side then there will be more opportunity for communication and resolution. Before…

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    more than ten million inhabitants, has a village called Banyarauanda which has three different ethnic groups; Tutsis, Hutus and Twas. These ethnic groups share the same culture, languages and some tasks such as agriculture and livestock. Moreover, when the Tutsis was in charge of the small town; monarchy, everything was peaceful and equitable; however, in 1923 Banyarauanda became a Belgian colony with a different way of rule where the Tutsis was a superior class; more civilized and closer to…

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    unbalanced for years had finally imploded, leading to the mass murder of hundreds of thousands of Tutsis. This genocide was the result of multiple things, creating instability, and unbalancing the relationship between the Tutsis and the Hutus. Tensions built up for decades were finally released. While many would blame Belgium, Germany, and colonization for catalyzing the genocide, there were many other factors involved, including structural oppression, the rise of the Rwandan Patriot Front, and…

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    Ultranationalism In Rwanda

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    civilians. Rwanda is a small country in the heart of Africa and consists of three major ethnic groups: Hutu (85%), Tutsi (14%) and Twa (1%). The Twa were the first inhabitants of the land who settled in there between 8000 BC and 3000 BC. Accordingly, historians…

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    radio to do their reporting. The journalists' reporting had a profound impact on the genocide because of the use of "Hate Radio". The journalists set the stage for the genocide by referring to the Tutsi people as vermin and cockroaches; making them seem less than human. Broadcasters encouraged the Hutu to kill and they announced the names and locations of Tutsis and neutral Hutus. This encouraged people to kill and the announcers did not behave ethically by reporting the news without bias,…

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    There are several accounts in the book that mention the actions of the intimidators in respects to the start of the genocide, and the most impactful is given by Pio who states that,” At the start of the genocide, there is a cause, a reason, and people who find it worthwhile. The cause does not drift around there by accident; it is fine-tuned by the intimidators: the desire to win the game for good.” This one statement helps to clarify why the men killed as they did. The men were nothing more…

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    Although the violence in Africa is often overlooked by most countries, it continues to be an immense problem for the African people. Their unstable economic status is no match to the untraditional brutality that average citizens and soldiers perform on enemies. The novels We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will be Killed With Our Families, by Philip Gourevitch, and A Long Way Gone, by Ishmael Beah, not only give insight into the war violence committed in Africa, but plunge the reader into a…

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