United Nations Notification: For the Hutu and the Tutsi

By: Ariana Evans, Zoe Van Den Bosch, and Tarilyn

(Picture of the Tutsi clan above)

Summary:

From April 7th to July 1994 the Rwanda Genocide occurred, lasting around 100 days. This genocide took place in Rwanda, Africa. The genocide was set in motion by the death of the Rwandan President Juvénal Habyarimana, who was a Hutu, when the plane he was inside of was shot down by a missile leaving no survivors and no evidence of who fired the missile on April 6th, 1994. The presidents death was used as an excuse by the Government-allied forces of the Hutu to begin their premeditated genocide against the Tutsi clan. Not to mention that  there was already high tension between the two ethnic groups. The main clans involved in the war were the Hutu and the Tutsi, but, you cannot forget the third clan of Rwanda; the Twa clan. The Twa clan, mostly forgotten, were killed by the Hutu for either being Tutsi sympathizers or for simply not being able to recognize the difference of the two clan members. But, not all of the Twa were Tutsi sympathizers, some chose to stand with the Hutu and attacked the Tutsi alongside them. Sadly,during this genocide the Hutu Governmental forces did not try to fight the Tutsi all by themselves; they would send out radio signals to citizens calling on them to murder their neighbors if they were Tutsi. The uprising and civil war finally ended when the RPF, who were the Tutsi rebel group, defeated the Hutu and reclaimed their government for their own.

Commentary:

Ariana: Why do people have to be so ignorant, Just because people are different doesn't mean they're bad.

Zoe: The one thought that kept coming back to me while researching this genocide was "How could someone be so cruel, harsh, and just plain monstrous?". All I read was about horrible slaughters and conniving evil groups in power attacking the minority.

Ariana: I know right? Where is the sense of humanity in these stories. I feel like these people have a psychological screw lose in their brains to just be this blinded by hatred. The worse part about it is that there are still people like this out there just waiting for the opportunity.

Tarilyn: I agree with Ariana. There has to be a loose psychological screw in order for anyone to think that this should happen. This has happened quite a few times, but what is it solving? People shouldn't have the right to commit mass murder just because a person is different from them.

(Hutu Clan)

(Rwanda genocide)

Why would you support a mass slaughter when there is really no reason to? Instead of continuing a mass slaughter you should try and work out  your problems.... Not use your citizens and governmental forces to your advantage.

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