Dehumanization In Rwanda

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Rwanda is a small african country with many unique things we don’t know about them. First off, the Hutus were known as farmers and the pastoralist called themselves Tutsi. At the beginning of the genocide when the president was killed, Mme Habyarimama, the president’s wife, announced that she wanted to file a lawsuit against the person who was responsible for his death. However, she later forgot. “The 1994 genocide in the central African Republic of Rwanda was the inevitable result of a long history of ethnic tension in an overpopulated and impoverished nation”.
The first step was the to distinguish them from the Hutus. First, the Hutus trained militia who to tell these People apart; Tutsi were identified by physical appearance. A Tutsi
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The Hutus used torture with the victims they captured. They would commonly do mutations with male and female extremities by cutting and reattaching them. They also sexually abused and later brutally killed women. If this was not enough, they made parents watch as Hutus guards would smash and throw babies against rocks or throw them alive into latrines. However, this didn’t only happen to Tutsi. Those Hutus that didn’t support the genocide were also killed. The horrific events that the Hutus forced upon the Tutsi caused for extreme loss of self worth. The organization of the mass murders of the Tutsi happened rapidly. “On April 6, 1994 Hutu extremists began the systematic massacre of Rwanda’s minority Tutsi population”. The victims that they selected for the massacre was carefully picked. One of them included the Prime Minister, Agathe Uwilingiyimana, who was attacked in her house by an angry crowd. The organization of the victims was a very thought out…show more content…
“One significant result was the establishment of a special international criminal tribunal to indict and try perpetrators of the Rwandan genocide” (Cohen 86). “Militants in the camps were a threat to Rwandan civilians who could serve as witnesses at the Rwandan and International Trial of the Genocide”. “Nine witnesses who were expected to offer testimony at the genocide trials were killed and 28 genocide survivors and returnees were murdered at Latismyi”. Because of the trial, 100,000 killers were imprisoned and unfortunately many others were freed. Additionally, out of the 65,000 imprisoned defendants only 9 have confessed to sexual abuse. Those that were the extremists were not only trial and/or sentenced in court but will also have to live with the guilt of what they
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