Paris Fralin

An African Genocide

On April 6, 1994 an ethnic extermination began. The following events are the main cause in the motive of the extermination. In 1919 when the Europeans first colonized Rwanda the two native groups were brutally split apart. The predominate group, the Hutus, had a dark skin complexion and a short build. While the minority, the Tutsis, had a lighter skin color and a higher build. Once the Europeans were kicked out of the country, they had left the Tutsi in charge of government affairs and any occupation politically involved because of their similar European characteristics. The Hutu people were appalled by the discrimination and over the next few decades, they contemplated their revenge.

In a course of three months, about eight-hundred thousand Tutsis were killed in Rwanda. The beginning of the genocide was an immediate effect of Rwandan president's assassination. The news spread quickly and the country broke loose. Hutu extremists went on a rampage through the streets. They ran through villages burning down Tutsi houses, and left slaughtered bodies in the street. Through the course of these events the United Nations were stagnate in the aid of the Rwandan people. A few thousand troops were sent, but only as a front. Those troops were not ordered to stop the genocide, and the Hutus knew of this. They were taking over; the cities were so bad many ambassadors were forced to return to their host countries, and refugee camps sprung up in order to help the Tutsi people.

After the Holocaust the UN vowed never to be inactive in any other genocide. But when they found out about Rwanda they turned the other cheek. The UN refused to “classify” the Rwandan tragedy as genocide until it was over.

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History of Rwanda