Rwandan Genocide

            Africa can be a peaceful, serene, and beautiful environment. However, from April 7, 1994 to mid-July, it became just the opposite. The Hutu's attacked the Tutsi's and slaughtered from 500,000-1,000,000 of them.

Skulls from people who were massacred during the Rwandan Genocide.

A History of Tension

            Before all of the violence started, the Hutu's and Tutsi's lived alongside each other until Hutu's working in the government blamed the Tutsi's for Rwanda's increasing political, social, and economic pressures in the government ("Genocide in Rwanda | United Human Rights Council." Web. 21 Apr. 2015). This created tensions between the Hutu's and the Tutsi's. Later, the president of Rwanda, Juvenal Habyarimana's plane was shot down. The Hutu's blamed the RPF (Rwandan Patriotic Front) for the assassination. However, this killing resulted in the outbreak of violence between the Hutu's and the Tutsi's.

The Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF)

This Rwandan Patriotic Front is a rebellious group from Rwanda dedicated to bringing order back to the people.

RPF soldiers shown with powerful weaponry.

            The event that started violence in Rwanda was not only the assassination of Habyarimana. Other factors such as the RPF, which was formed during the Rwandan civil war, were an easy scapegoat for the Hutu's. If the RPF had not been around to take the blame for the Hutu's, the Tutsi's might have been more prepared for an attack from the Hutu's. The violence between these two lasted about four months. Even though the Rwandan genocide is historically, the shortest genocide, it had over 500,000 deaths.

            After the Tutsi's were attacked, many of them lived in refugee camps. However, these refugee camps weren't much better. The refugee camps only protected them from the Hutu's, not their own people. Many people were hurt in these camps.

            The Genocide of Rwanda was a horrible event that occurred after the promise of "Never again" was made. Since the Holocaust, The Rwandan Genocide has been one of many breaks in that promise. Little effort has been shown from other countries who participated in the promise of "Never again" and the only way that we can fulfill this promise, is with involvement of all countries.

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