World History, P2
November 28, 2011
CBA Rwanda Genocide Essay
Horrific, devastating, unfair, disturbing, this is exactly what Rwanda Genocide is called. An event that has started in the early 1900’s, It brought millions of people to seeking death of all ages , old , young , didn’t matter. Thing is no one didn’t care and no one didn’t do anything about it, almost like the whole thing was a joke. Uncalled circumstances came about such as, the Hate Radio, Ethnic group issues, and newspapers, television, and other hate propaganda. Question is after hearing the phrase “Never again” (Frontline: Ghosts) and just looking at Rwanda in its situation, isn’t it common sense too finally say enough is enough? In the middle east of Africa is where you could find Rwanda. Around 1900’s a group called “Hutu’s” had been in great power since early 60’s. Peace was at ease, no one was harmed or killed until, then came a month, that turned into within days of torture and countless assanistations. April 6th 1994 is when the killings started. All the gun shots and people screaming night and even some afternoons , people finally opened their eyes to see what really those gun shots and people shouting was really about. At least half a million people perished, “Perhaps as many as three quarters of the Tutsi’s population” (Hymowitz and Parker). Even though people didn’t care what was going on besides the people who were effected by genocide , a causal thesis of this were Hutu’s and Tutsi were not the only ones involved in seeing what was happening , eventually within a few days Europeans , the French , international community , and problems like the hate radio and ethnic group all came along. Germany is what brought the Belgium’s. Only real cause of why those people became involved is because Europeans knew how reasonable they were with acting and looking more likes the Tutsi’s. Europeans had that strong trust with the Tutsi’s, so why not have a problem? “In the early years of colonial rule, Rwanda poets and historians, particularly those from the milieu of the court, resisting providing Europeans with information about the Rwandan past” (Hymowitz and Parker). They have found the Europeans were now not able to be trusted. Before they were unaware of favoritism towards Tutsi’s, then again after a while they took charge and reinforced this predisposition. Europeans impacted the Rwandans by which when they were in power taxes had raised and peasants were beat and all the farmers land and crops no longer had value anymore. Reasoning for the taxes and its increase is because of cheap coffee made for consumers. Yet, a devastating effect towards the farmers who had been making the freshly roasted varieties. Pay for this coffee was around seven to ten dollars per pound. The trade cycle for all the money produced from the coffee sales went to exporters and importers, less for the farmers. Prices dropped 50% between the years 1989 and 1991. Although the French and International Community had been brought to this genocide as well. The French were very well contacted with the Tutsi’s. When the Tutsi’s needed there weapons, the French had already been planning on providing that for them by influence. Both the French and the Tutsi’s took action with a government approved army heading to another place within Africa called Habyarimana. The French then already had the spite to crush the Hutu’s, why, all based on their ethnic race. As for the International Community, they had immediately removed UN troops when killings began. And they absolutely ignored all warning sighs. They heard about the hate radio, how people on the radio would call the Hutu’s cockroaches and rats and how they aren’t anything but black Africans and were useless and etc. International community was in a way influenced from the French based on ethnic race but still they didn’t do anything even when they were the only force that could shut down that radio, I...
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