Rwanda Genocide

Background Info

Began on April 6, 1994, Hutus started killing the Tutsis in the country of Rwanda. It lasted 100 days, with about 800,000 Tutsis and Hutu deaths. The Hutu and Tutsi used to be very alike. When the country of Rwanda was settled the people who raised cattle were call Tutsi, and the other people were called Hutu.

How it Began

On April 6, 1994, the President of Rwanda was shot out of his plane by a missile. Although it's not truly known for who is responsible for the assassination, it is thought to be the Hutu. Within 24 hours of the crash, Hutu had taken over the government, and they blamed the Tutsis for the assassination. The slaughtering had begun.

100 Days of Killing

The killing began in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda. Machetes, clubs, and knives were used. Hutu began killing the government of their political opponents, this included the Prime Minister. The government had the names and addresses of almost all Tutsis living in Rwanda. The killers would go door to door, slaughtering Tutsis. Thousands of Tutsi women were raped during the violence. Some were raped then killed while others were kept for sex slaves.

The Rwanda Genocide ended when the RPF took over the country.