Rough Draft: Genocide
Genocide is another common word for “massacre” or “mass murder” that has been used across the world and continues to spread thought the nation rapidly in today’s society. It is also seen as a coordinated plan of different actions aiming at the destruction of essential foundations of the life of national groups, with the aim of annihilating the groups themselves (NA, “What is Genocide”). All around the world people have heard of the Holocaust or Armenian Genocides. These horrific acts have been remembered throughout history for their infamous ways that people were treated and killed. Genocide is the deliberate killing of a large group of people, especially those of a particular ethnic group or nation (Dictionary.com). One of the most tragic genocides to happen in our worlds history is The …show more content…
A horrific catastrophe that materialized into 100 days. Hutus took over Rwanda, Africa April 6, 1994 – July 1994. Roughly predicted 800,000 to 1 million Tutsi and some moderate Hutus were slaughtered in the Rwandan Genocide. Rwanda president juvenal Habyarimana retrieved from a round of Talksin neighboring Tanzania, he was later killed when his plane was shot down outside of the country’s capital, Kigali. The Rwandan genocide spread throughout the country with an astonishing speed of brutality. Which sparked war against the Hutus and Tutsis. In just a matter of hours, Hutu rebels surrounded the capital and took over the streets of Kigali. In a period of a day the Hutus had successfully waive Rwanda’s moderate leadership. As weeks passed anyone questionable of having association with the Tutsis were executed. Then eventually flourished to where the Hutus would be the solitary group for Rwanda. Rwanda is composed of three main ethnic groups: Hutu, Tutsi and Twa. Nearly 85% of the population identified as Hutu, making it the majority group in Rwanda. Tutsi comprised 14% of the population and Twa made up
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They were killed if they were an adult or a child. We also see that women were brutally raped by Hutu guards and they further killed by them. This shows the sick viciousness of the genocide and the attitude towards all the Tutsis. Similarly Source A shows us how the Rwandan Tutsis that were trying to outrun the Hutu Extremists and survive the genocide had to keep moving during the day. It tells us that any little aspect that went wrong could be the end of your life.
Tutsis were restricted and dehumanized in many ways. Tensions between the two castes were very high. After Rwandan President Juvénal Habyarimana’s plane got shot down, in April 1994, the executions really began. Hutus were basically hunting Tutsis and killing them. It didn’t matter if they were men, women, or even infants; no Tutsis were exempt from the slaughters taking place.
“Genocide begins, however improbably, in the conviction that classes of biological distinction indisputably sanction social and political discrimination” (Dworkin). Genocides are mass killings of people, targeted and purposefully killed because of their faith or what nation they represent. In other words, large amounts of people were killed because of discrimination and hatred that turns violent and destructive. Innocent people are dying in genocides by others who are unforgiving and merciless or have a weak mentality. A couple notable genocides that have occurred throughout history is the Holocaust and the Armenian Genocide.
Genocide is the act of mass murdering groups of people because of someone 's disliking. In other words getting rid of people or stop their existence,mostly because of their religion, ethnic, or race. One of the most atrocious ones was the Armenian Genocide(April 24,1915-1916), in which 1.5 million of the Armenian population, living in the Ottoman Empire were either deported or killed. During this time,the Turkish government had planned the genocide to get rid of the entire Armenian population in the Ottoman Empire(which was one of the largest empires to rule on the border of the Mediterranean Sea) because they feared that the Armenian community would join their enemy troops during WWI in 1915.
There was a huge power struggle going on between the Hutu’s and the Tutsi’s. Source B shows how after the long running rule of the Tutsi’s, 1959 came around with the death of the last Tutsi king of this Monarch, resulting in riots and revolts from the Hutu people, killing hundreds of Tutsi people all in order to gain change and gain power. In the 1960’s Rwanda gained its independence and was soon ruled by a Hutu government in 1961. This, with reason, left the Tutsi people feeling very betrayed and angry at the fact that their beloved power had been ripped from them. Therefore, immensely increasing the tension between these groups resulting in further dissatisfaction coming from both groups and a feeling of mutual hate
(document 7) Belgians created the ideas of the Tutsis being the superior race and the Hutus are the inferior race, moreover, the Belgian had ethnic identity cards made to distinguish between the Hutus and the Tutsis. Someone shot the president of Rwanda, Habyarimana ‘s airplane down, this gave an open door to the Hutus to gain control of Rwanda and over the Tutsis. Since there was no president all hell broke loose, Hutu officials corrupted government ran radios and newspapers, they suggested the killing of Tutsis. (Document 8) A group called, Rwandan Patriotic Front founded by Tutsis attacked government forces and defeated radical Hutu in Kigali. More than 3 million migrated to Europe, Canada, the United States, or neighboring countries.
According to the University of Minnesota, “During this 100-day period between April and July 1994, nearly one million ethnic Tutsi and moderate Hutu were killed as the international community and UN peacekeepers stood by.” This shows how brutal the Hutus were against the Tutsis. Using these numbers, it averages out to about ten thousand deaths per day. This is like the murder of six million Jews during the Holocaust. As said by Elie Wiesel in the Preface, “That is why everywhere in Russia, in the Ukraine, and in Lithuania, the Einsatzgruppen carried out the Final Solution by turning their machine guns on more than a million Jews, men, women, and children”(viii).
Genocide What is Genocide? Many people have a hard time understanding what genocide actually is, is it going against humankind? Killing people for no reason just so you can prove a point to another person for no reason? Or then again could it be simply being against ethnical, racial, religious, or any type of a national gathering?
Terry George aims no less than to demonstrate the Rwandese reality through the extremely violent and cruel scenes in the movie, he manages to convince the audience that really, over 800,000 people were in fact killed in no more than 100 days and more than 2 million refugees had to seek shelter elsewhere in the world (1). To begin with, it is important to understand the root causes of the conflict between Tutsis and Hutus to in turn understand the genocide demonstrated in the movie. Rwanda was
When the Rwanda genocide began in 1994, its population stood at more that 7 people. Roughly 85% of the population was Hutu, 14% Tutsi, and 1% Twa (un.org). The decades following Rwanda’s independence from Belgium in 1962 saw growing ethnic tensions and periodic violent attacks and reprisals between Rwanda’s Hutu majority and its Tutsi minority. On April 6, 1994, the deaths of the Presidents of Burundi and Rwanda in a plane crash caused by a rocket attack, ignited several weeks of intense and systematic massacres.
This made large divides between the two cultures and later many civil conflicts between the groups. In 1994 when the president 's plane was shot down the government and Hutu militants blamed the Tutsis, radio broadcasts across the country encourages Hutus to take revenge and kill the Tutsis, in the end an estimated 800000 to 1 million people died. The globalization of Belgians colony and the scramble for africa through that part of the world into a blood conflict of cultures and terrorist/militant groups that still rages on
“Genocide is not war! It is more dangerous than war!” Raphael Lemkin once proclaimed. Both an event in Rwanda and the Holocaust were genocides. A genocide is the mass murder of a group of people especially those of a certain race or religion.
This was formally known as the Rwanda genocide, informally known as the Genocide of the Tutsi. Many people were affected during the genocide, especially families. The Rwanda genocide is essential to today’s history, and the women who speak out about what happened are important to history. The Tutsis had no one to turn to during the genocide because the government had already believed that the world would be a better place by exterminating the Tutsis. As stated that the higher power of the government was even killing Tutsis
In fact, Rwanda has a long history of politicization of land: those who held political power often intervened and appropriated land for their own purposes” Thus struggle for power by both ethnic groups is what we ultimately see on the outside as to why this conflict occurred, however it is in fact because those who owned the land had the power that we know that this issue was more of a territorial one. This conflict turned into such violent one as the Hutus believed that the only way to gain ownership of the land and of the power was to exterminate the Tutsi. Land belonging to Tutsi was distributed to Hutu after they were killed or exiled. It is because of the twos deep rooted hatred and resentment of one and other that the violence escalated to such a horrific