8 Stages Of Rwanda Genocide

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Rwanda is located in central Africa and was colonized by the Belgium’s pre 1959; the Belgium’s created tension between the Hutu’s and Tutsi’s by favouring the Tutsi’s over the Hutu’s. In 1990 a civil war took place in Rwanda & then later in 1994 genocide took place in Rwanda. The killings in Rwanda can be called a genocide because a genocide is “the intent to destroy in part or whole of a specific group” and not a civil war “war between people in the same country”. Origins of the Tutsi’s -Hutu’s conflict, Belgium had colonized Rwanda after WW1 and openly showed favourites towards the Tutsi’s who made up the minority of the population (15%) and the Hutu’s made up 83% of the population in Rwanda the majority. The Belgium’s believed that the…show more content…
Classification was used through identity cards to identify the different races. Symbolization the Hutu’s and Tutsi’s had been classified and had been given names to distinguish between the Hutu’s and Tutsi’s. Dehumanisation the Hutu’s referred to the Tutsi’s as “snakes and cockroaches”. Organization there was racial classification and identity cards given to the Hutu’s and Tutsi’s to distinguish between the races and separate the race. Polarizations, the leaders of Tutsi groups were killed by Hutu’s extremists. Preparation the Hutu’s separated the Tutsi’s and armed them. Extermination the Hutu’s were armed and driven by hate speech to kill the Tutsi’s. Denial, the Hutu’s claimed they did not commit any crimes. The Hutu’s followed all the steps of genocide in committing the crimes; the Hutu’s had targeted the Tutsi’s and therefore there was a genocide taking place in…show more content…
The massacres in Rwanda were people from opposing groups fighting against one another; a civil war had taken place in Rwanda between 1990 and 1993 when the RPF invaded in 1990 where 50000 people were killed throughout the civil war. The civil war was conflict between the government of President Juvénal Habyarimana and the rebel Rwandan Patriotic Front. The RPF consisted of Tutsi’s in Uganda, Burundi and Tanzania. The Arusha Accords (peace agreement) signed in Arusha Tanzania on August 4th 1993, by the government of Rwanda and the RPF put an end to the civil war which took place over 3 years of fighting between the Rwandan government and the RPF. However a civil war is not targeted at a specific group therefore Rwanda cannot have had a civil war in 1994 because the killings in Rwanda had been targeted and at a specific group. In conclusion, the mass murders in Rwanda can therefore be considered genocide “intent to destroy in whole or part of a specific group”. The Hutu’s had followed all the steps to genocide and targeted a specific group, the Tutsi’s. The killings were not a civil war because a civil war does not happen on such a large scale and a civil war does not target any specific group. Therefore in conclusion the killings is Rwanda was a genocide to a large

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