The Un & Us Mishandling of the Rwandan Genocide

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The United Nations & United States’ Mishandling of the Rwandan Genocide Philip Gourevitch’s We Wish to Inform You that Tomorrow We Will be Killed with Our Families is an account of the Rwandan genocide and his observation of its aftermath. One of the major problems that occurred which allowed this genocide to happen was the failure of the United Nations and United States to take action. The U.N. came into existence immediately following the end of the Second World War. The creation of this organization promised a new era of peace and justice, a promise that its predecessor, the League of Nations failed to keep. Despite the U.N.’s attempt at delivering its intentions, it had in fact demonstrated itself to be an extremely ineffective organization The United Nations and United States said that never again would they let genocide such as that, which occurred during the Holocaust happen, yet it came about right under their eyes and they did nothing to stop it. When more troops and aid workers should have been sent into Rwanda the United States and United Nations pulled out. Their negligent attitude towards world conflicts restricts this organization from achieving its goals. Most people know all too well of the genocide between the Hutus and Tutsis in Rwanda and the U.N.’s role in “peacekeeping,” but to understand the full picture one would need to visit the origins of this conflict. After World War I Belgium received Rwanda as a colony. Under the Belgian’s colonial rule over Rwanda, the minority Tutsi ethnic group was favored over the majority Hutus and was given more social privileges. The Tutsis used their power to oppress the Hutus. However, the tables were turned in 1961 when the Belgians withdrew and Rwanda became an independent country under the Hutu’s rule. This made many of the Tutsis to flee to Uganda and form the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) to challenge the Hutu rule. This civil war went on for three years before both sides agreed to sit down...
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