The Rwandan Genocide Essay

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The Rwandan Genocide
The Rwandan Genocide was the 1994 mass murder of an estimated 800,000 people in the small East African nation of Rwanda. The atrocities, which took place over the course of roughly 100 days, were the culmination of longstanding ethnic competition and tensions between the country’s two main ethnic groups. The United Nations tried to make immediate action and help out the refugees. Eventually the United Nations refused to help Rwandan refugees. In the late 1800s Germany colonizes Rwanda in the ‘Scramble for Africa’. There were two main ethnic groups in Rwanda, The Hutus and The Tutsi’s. The Tutsis were naturally the land owners and the Hutus were the ones that work the land. When European colonizers came they took the Tutsis to help them and showed much favoritism towards them and this sat uneasy with the Hutus. They also introduced the Tutsis to weapons and such which gave methods to war. And in 1962 Rwanda became an independent country.
In 1964 The Rwandan president was killed, this was the beginning of the mass killing of The Tutsi ethnic group. Unlike past genocides they didn’t try and make this one a secret. Also when the United Nations rescue force tries to intervene they are tricked tortured and killed. This led to the unanimous withdrawal of all United Nations troops. Then on May 17 the United Nations sends 5,500 troops back to Rwanda because of the continuation of the genocide, but there is a delay because of a dispute about who will pay the bill and such.
Honestly the world was rather lackadaisical…