One of the many tragic cases of human history is the Rwandan Genocide. It truly presents the corruptness of human nature and how strong one could hate another being. Rwanda is currently still slowly healing from this massive wound that its own people did to it. This grief event impacted other places or organizations other than Rwanda, such as the United Nations. The Rwanda Genocide not only impacted the world externally in causing damage to the country Rwanda, it also impacted the world; the reputation of the United Nations, the relationship between the two major groups of people in Rwanda and the entire perspective of the world for what is possible for humans to do.
Camps were set up for former Rwandese soldiers to rearm, these camps were one of the reasons war broke out between Congo and Rwanda in 1996. To this day Rwandese forces are found along the border and continue to attack citizens (Outreach Programme on the Rwanda Genocide and the United Nations). Since then there have been genocide trails for those involved in the mass killings. In conclusion, the European colonisation of Rwanda by Belgium created problems it was unable to solve after the country gained its independence. The makeshift power structure implemented by Belgium created a polarized, racist society which became the perfect framework for a revolution after the country was
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).
There were an estimated 200,000 people who were killed between 1992-1995 in a genocide commited by the Serbs against the Muslims, and Croats in Bosnia. On top of this, another 2 million Bosnians were displaced from their homes and placed in dangerous environments. Three main groups fought each other within the country, Bosnian Muslims, Serbs, and also the Croats. This was a horrible and important genocide that killed thousands of people between 1992-1995. Like the Nazi’s cleansing Europe of it’s Jews, the Serbs aim was the ethnic cleansing of any Muslims or Croatian presence in Serbian territory.
The Cambodian Genocide took a toll on many and affected their physical, mental and emotional well-being. Throughout the genocide, the Khmer Rouge transported people to camps, deprived them of all of their possessions, starved them so they could barely work, separated them from their families resulting in relationships being torn apart, and forced them to conceal their past just so they can stay alive. This was the case with Luong Ung and her family. They went from being a wealthy family that was very tight-knit to each other to having most of them be killed and have no food or clothes. In the novel First They Killed My Father, Luong Ung portrays Pa as a generous and lovable man before the Cambodian genocide, but during the Cambodian genocide, Pa is drastically changed into a stern and isolated person.
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”).
In 1915, leaders of the Turkish government set in motion a plan to expel and massacre the Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire. Though reports vary, most sources agree that there were about 2 million Armenians in the Ottoman Empire at the time of the massacre. By the early 1920s, when the massacres and deportations finally ended, some 1.5 million of Turkey’s Armenians were dead, with many more forcibly removed from the country. Today, most historians call this event a genocide–a premeditated and systematic campaign to exterminate an entire people. However, the Turkish government does not acknowledge the enormity or scope of these events.
The most alarming aspect of the children of Rwanda was that yes, many were victims, but others were perpetrators as well. Many children were used as tools of the genocide since they were the most vulnerable, and persuasive-compared to a Rwandan adult. They participated in the genocide as members of the Rwandan army, because soldiers killed, burned and destroyed, regardless of sex, ethnic group and most importantly age. In almost all cases, children were forced into committing crimes, or joined rebel groups/the army because that was their only option if they had become an orphan as a result of other mass
In some of the genocides of the recent past, such as the Armenian massacres, the Holocaust, and the Rwandan genocide, a pattern of causes are shown prior to the act of ethnic annihilation. For example, the hardships and difficulties that infect the nation produces an overwhelming feeling of defeat. But many that experienced it had believed it to be just when accusing a minority to be unreasonably responsible for it. They target that specific population as it is easily done for their past had been tormented with the same discrimination. As this is seen consistently throughout the unfortunate multitude of genocides, it can be used as a means of preventing the murder of innocent lives.
Unit 3 Reflection Paper In this unit I learned about the significant impact that genocide had on Rwanda and Sierra Leone. Knowing that Africa has been effected by genocide, I learned more about the subject than I had ever known. In Ishmael Beah’s book “A Long Way Gone”, I read about what he had experienced from living in Sierra Leone and facing a mass genocide. Beah lost his family from genocide while he was away performing with his rap group. Eventually he was captured by the army and was brainwashed into thinking that anyone he kills can potentially avenge his family’s death.
There were some 15,000 captives that were still to be removed. There were draught and poor sanitation that made life very miserable. Very many of them died. The National Council of Cherokee and Chief Ross tried to plead with General Scott to permit the remaining Cherokees to wait till the weather was better for them to be moved. They also wanted to oversee their removal.