Rwanda Genocide

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Rwanda Genocide

The Rwanda genocide was a devastating event that occured over a span of 100 days, between April and July, 1994. The mass killing began in Rwanda's capital city, Kigali, but the killing spread to all corners of the country.

The victims of this horrific slaughter were the country's Tutis people. Approximately 800,000 Tutsis and Hutu sympathizers were killed. The perpetrators were two Hutu radical militant groups. They were armed, backed, and led by the government of Rwanda as they were also supported by the Rwanda army. This was comprised mostly of young Hutu men, brainwashed by the “Hutu Power” ideology.

The Rwanda genocide refers to the mass slaughter that first began in Kigali, Rwanda, then spreading to all parts of the country. The victims were killed in a number of ways. Some were shot, stabbed, hung, beat, women were raped and some were killed by grenades and machetes. Most of the women who were killed did not die a quick death. The dead bodies were left wherever they were killed. Many Tutsis bodies were thrown into rivers and lakes, with their killers saying that they were being sent back to Ethiopia. There were also many that were slaughtered inside churches, hospitals and schools.

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Ethnic tension between the Tutsis and the Hutus was never anything new. The Tutsis were always considered supperior to the Hutus, as they were the more prominent ones in the royalty and hierarchy of the country. After the death of the Rwandan President, Juvenal Habyarimana, a Hutu, who's plane was shot down above Kigali airport on April 6 1994, the tension became even worse. The Hutus were furious and within hours after the event, violence spread accross the country. The genocide was in retaliation for the killing of their president.


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