The Rwandan Genocide
April 6, 1994- July 1994
By: Devin Borer, Tyler Clouse, and Park Hemminger
A picture that shows you the statistics of this killing.
A survivor who has many scars to show from this terrible time.
Machetes and various tools used for the killing.
Causes and Effects
- Tensions between Hutus and Tutsis
- The Belgian colonial rule which rewarded the Tutsis with education and denied the Hutus
- The Rwandan independence were the Tutsis were discriminated
- The Civil war in 1990 when the Tutsis returned to Rwanda were the Hutus have been living.
- The President who was a Hutu was shot on April 6th, 1994. The Hutus blamed the Tutsis.
- 75% of the Tutsi population was assassinated
- 9% of the Tutsi population is HIV was positive
- By 1997 the Tutsi ran the Government.
Survivors in the United States
United States in this Genocide
Bill Clinton ignored the issue of the Rwandan genocide. His administration knew about the genocide but buried the information to justify its inaction, according to classified documents made available for the first time. Senior officials privately used the word genocide within 16 days of the start of the killings, but chose not to do so publicly because the president decided not to get involved in the situation.
Story of Odette; A Survivor
I am going to tell you about the testimony by a man name Odette. He was a survivor. His whole family was killed except for his sister was killed. During the killings, his family lived in a church because they believed there wouldn’t be killings in the house of God. Eventually neighbors and other people threw grenades in the building. The killers killed the people escaping with machetes and clubs, with nails. As they were leaving, they found four other children and I alive. They decided to spare me. The whole church was full of the cries of the dying. My sister and I became a orphan. God gave him new parents, and he was no longer lonely. Odette is still alive and doing well.
How Genocide can be Prevented
A Genocide is not something that happens overnight or without any type of warning. Genocide requires organization and a deliberate strategy and one that has been mostly carried out by governments or groups controlling the state. You should prevent armed conflict and protect the civilians in the conflict. End impunity through judicial action in national and international courts. Gather information and set up an early-warning system. Lastly, take swift action including the use of military force.