Informative Essay On Rwanda Genocide

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Have you ever been picked last in school or treated unfairly? I can tell you that the Tutsis people of Rwanda were. They were killed because they were thought to be different. In 1916 Belgium took over Rwanda from Germany, and they introduced ID cards naming the people by ethnicity. The Belgians thought the Tutsi were a better race, so they gave them better jobs and educational opportunities. The Rwandan genocide was a mass murder of thousands of Tutsi people by the Hutu people, they were viciously killed and scared out of their country, partly due to the rumor that a Tutsi man ordered the death of the Rwandan President.
To begin, from April to July 1994, members of the Hutu ethnic group in the East-Central African nation murdered 800,000 men, women, and children from the Tutsi ethnic group. During this period Hutu civilians were forced by military soldier and police officers to kill their neighbors, friends, and family (“10 facts About the Rwandan Genocide-Borgen”). Radio stations encouraged ordinary civilians to take part in the killings (“10 facts About the Rwandan Genocide-Borgen”). Finally in July, the RPF (Rwandan Patriotic Front), a group of Tutsi trying to stop it, captured the town Kigali, and the government collapsed (“Rwanda: How the Genocide Happened-BBC News”). When it was obvious that
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The death of the Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana whose plane was shot down above the Kigali airport in April 6 1994 was the last straw. A French judge blamed the current Rwandan President, Paul Kagame, at the time the leader of a Tutsi rebel group (“How the Genocide Happened-BBC News”). The rebel group wanted to overthrow Habyarimana and return to their homeland. After months of fighting they finally signed a peace treaty but it did little to stop the arguments between the two cultures (“How the Genocide Happened-BBC News”). Then when the plane was shot down the genocide
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