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Rwandan Genocide of 1994 Essay

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The Rwandan Genocide of 1994 lasted only for a brief period and lasted for about a hundred days. Throughout this time, an estimated amount of 800 000 people were slaughtered. Starting on April of 1994, massacres were held on a daily basis together with the intent to get rid of an ethnic group known as the Tutsi by a different ethnic group known as the Hutus. This genocide was missed from the United Nations, and the superpowers of the time provided very little if any support at all to Rwanda. The civic unrest between the Hutus and the Tutsi was in place as the Belgians segregated the two groups after being handed Rwanda after World War I. The Tutsis were favoured and placed above the Hutus and identity cards have been distributed to distinguish the two different groups. The hatred linking the ethnic groups is evident from the very conception of segregating the Hutus in the Tutsis. The civil insanity had remained relatively dormant for nearly a century before the assassination of President Habyarimana of Rwanda in 1994. This act prompted genocide along with a century’s worth of silent hatred suddenly erupted into massacres in the country’s capital of Kigali. Blockades would be set on roads and rings of Hutu youths with machetes and sticks would go door to door to kill Tutsi families. The United Nations could not physically intervene because they were simply tracking the situation and were behaving as peacekeepers, rather than as peacemakers. Soldiers watched while civilians were brutally murdered and so were unable to respond as their mandate refrained them from doing so. It was not till months after the first killings the United Nations eventually listened and sent soldiers to protect civilians. In their absence, hundreds of thousands of individuals we...

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