How long would it take for people to speak up? How long till they decide enough is enough and that the killings should stop? Even though the Rwandan Genocide was the shortest genocide it still had a powerful impact on people.
In the summer of 1994, between 500,000 and 1,000,000 Rwandans were slaughtered by their own people—the exact death toll has never been found out. Every other nation around them stood by in quiet horror, and watched. Most noticeable among them was United States of America. President Clinton said "If we'd gone in sooner, I believe we could have saved at least a third of the lives that were lost...it had an enduring impact on me." If he had sent around 10,000 troops into the country thousands of lives could have been saved"
Causes Of Genocide
The Rwandan Genocide took place in context of the Rwandan Civil War. The Rwandan Civil War was a conflict within the Central African nation of Rwanda, between the government of President Juvenal Habyarimana and the rebel RPF (Rwandan Patriotic Front). The conflict began on October 1, 1990 when the RPF invaded and intensely ended on 4 August 1993 with the signing of the Arusha Accords to create a power-sharing government (which meant that the Hutu and Tutsi would have equal power). But what mainly ignited the conflict was when the plane carrying the president was shot down leaving no survivors. The Hutu immediately accused the Tutsi of doing this and it gave them a reason to start the genocide.
Impact on the People
The people who were impacted the most were the Tutsi. The reason it mainly impacted the Tutsi was because their population was being slaughtered to death. They were being slaughtered with no mercy. They saw their own people die at the hands of the Hutu. There was really no main difference between the Hutu and the Tutsi, the only difference was that they were named differently. Many ordinary Rwandans were called upon to slaughter their own neighbors
Location and Duration of the Genocide
The Rwandan genocide took place in Rwanda a big part in Africa. It lasted one hundred days beginning on April 6, 1994 and ended mid-July. It started in its capital of Kigali and brutally began to spread throughout Rwanda. After the RPF took back control at the end of the genocide hundreds of thousands of rwandans were dead and many lost their homes. The victory of the RPF created over two million more refugees, many of which were Hutu's. That victory was won by themselves. They had no one other major help till the very end of the genocide.
The After Math
Even though the Rwandan genocide was a very short genocide it had a lasting impact. The Rwandan genocide was a devastating event that led to the deaths of many people. This genocide and every other genocide should be remembered so that no other genocide will happen.
"Rwandan Genocide." - Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Apr. 2015.
"Rwanda Genocide: 100 Days of Slaughter." BBC News. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Apr. 2015.
"Bill Clinton Failed to Stop Genocide in Rwanda, but His Foundation Is Quietly Making Amends." Quartz
"Tutsi Men, Kisoro, Uganda, 1971." Kisoro, Uganda, Tutsi Men, 1971, Photo of the Day, Picture, Photography, Wallpapers. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 May 2015.