The United Nations was created to solve world problems. It has made actions like making peace with other countries, creating programs that help them, and helping countries in war. But sometimes, the UN will simply avoid a problem. One of these instances was in Rwanda. Around 1994, the Hutu tribe of Rwanda was committing the genocide of the Tutsi, another tribe of Rwanda. The Tutsi tribe was in alliance with Belgium when it controlled Rwanda, so when the Rwandans gained their independence, there the Hutus had prejudice against Tutsis. Eventually, there was a war between them. The Tutsi rebels were vastly outnumbered (about 10% of the Rwandan people were Tutsi and about 90% were …show more content…
But part of the reason the U.S is in Iraq is because of its valuable oil which the U.S depends on. Rwanda didn't have anything valuable to the UN, which is a reason why it didn't help it. Even though the UN has made treaties which try to prevent genocide, it does little to help some countries like Rwanda when it is occurring due to prejudice. It's genocide treaty was supposed to punish the ones that committed that act, but the UN failed to enforce it in Rwanda. The Charter of the United Nations showed that the purpose of the UN is to maintain international peace throughout countries, but it failed to do so in Rwanda too. The UN did not help the Tutsis of Rwanda due to their race, little money, and lack of valuable resources. The UN is not perfect. It has performed some good actions to solve problems but has failed to solve others. But to just ignore the genocide of an entire race when it can be prevented is horrific. The UN could've done something to save many innocent lives of human beings by doing something like sending in more troops to protect them. But instead, the UN chose to do nothing to help and the result was the deaths of many human beings.
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