Social Studies 9
7 June 2012
The Rwandan Genocide
Imagine walking down a street and coming across bloody corpses, ghost towns, and people being slaughtered everywhere. Hearing the screams of young children, women, and grown men, calling out for a nonexistent savior. Experiencing a well-planned revolt thought of by one social/ethnic group in a country. The plan was to exterminate all members of the other group, whether they were poor, rich, elderly, or handicapped. This did not matter. Nothing mattered. The only thing that mattered was which group you belonged to, whether you were going to kill or be killed, whether you were Hutu or Tutsi. While the world sat by and watched, 1,000,000 people were killed in the period of 100 days. They were shot, burned, dragged, or beat to death. They had to face death for the most unimaginable reason- they were not part of the Hutu ethnic group. This meant hatred, blood, pain, torture, resentment, anger, and death. This is the Rwandan Genocide of 1994.
Most groups involved in the genocide shook off all responsibility and put the blame on others. The most blame was put on who caused all the trouble- the Hutu extremists. If the Hutu extremists never decided to exterminate the Tutsis, then the Rwandan Genocide of 1994 wouldn’t have happened and we would never had the record of such a horrible event. These extremists planned and carried out a genocide of terror, pain, and discrimination. Without the Hutu’s hatred for the Tutsis, then the Rwandan Genocide wouldn’t have taken place and the world would not know of such terror. Rwanda would be a much happier place without the dark memory of the Rwandan Genocide, but what is done is done, and it must be remembered so history does not repeat itself.
In the past, the Tutsi were favored by Belgian colonizers and usually had higher standards of living than the Hutu. They had better jobs and held important spots in government....