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Crisis In Rwanda Essay

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Crisis in Rwanda
Hotel Rwanda is a modern day depiction of the struggles the Rwandan citizens went through during their genocide. This movie describes the hardships that Paul Rusesabagina goes through while he houses Tutsi refugees during the genocide. This connects to the real genocide because the events represented in the movie were based on real life events. This movie helps people understand some of the poverty and destitution that the Tutsi’s went through while they were being tortured and killed by the Hutus. Although many people believe that the German Holocaust was the most disturbing Holocaust, the Rwandan Genocide was equally disturbing and violent.
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Throughout the spring of 1994, there were many political changes going on. In Rwanda the Tutsis were not allowed in government or anything to deal with political affairs, which excited the Hutus. The Hutus enjoyed having all the power over the Tutsis. However, nine months earlier in August, Habyarimana signed the Arusha Accords, which agreed to let Tutsis participate in the government. Hutus were so used to power that they were outraged at this power sharing agreement (Rosenberg). This sparked their idea to assassinate the President and get all the power back. This is only inferring that the Hutus were the ones who killed Habyarimana. Even though we do not know who killed the President, we do know who led the killings of the Tutsis.
There were many leaders in the Rwandan Genocide, many different groups of people banded together to exterminate the Tutsi race. Two of those groups were military, and they were called the Interahamwe and the Impuzamugambi. They were radical military groups. They were supported by the Rwandan government. They were considered the leading ensemble of the Genocide. These two groups of people were mostly composed of Hutu extremists and young men. “These young men were brainwashed by the Hutu mentality”(“Rwandan Genocide”). The Rwandan Army also banded with them to destroy the Tutsi population completely. Extremist Hutus who participated wanted all Tutsis dead, even the next generation, or far away. Some would even go as far as killing other Hutus who did not agree to participate (“Rwanda: How the”). This would lead to many hardships for the Tutsis and the moderate Hutus.
The Tutsi population and a handful of Hutus faced many hardships including many horrors that they could not have imagined. The Hutus in Rwanda made radio broadcasts trying to brainwash the non-participant Hutus. They tried to get them to join in on the killings by using media messages. Here are a couple messages: “You have to kill the Tutsis, they’re cockroaches.’; ‘We must exterminate them, sweep them from the whole country’”(“Rwanda 1994”). Media propaganda comparable to this was ignored by neighboring countries that saw it or heard it. Sources say that, “Hearing instructions via the media makes them harder to ignore”(“Rwanda 1994”). These media messages prompted the 100 Days of Slaughter in Rwanda. The 100 Days of Slaughter consisted of mass killings in Rwanda. These 100 days had citizens living in fear and hiding until the violence was over. Tutsis and moderate Hutus hid anywhere they could find because they could not leave due to the roadblocks on the borders of Rwanda. To get through these roadblocks they had to show their ID which showed if they were a Hutu or Tutsi. If they were a Tutsi who was trying to leave Rwanda they were killed on the spot. If they were a female they were most likely taken into custody and either killed or raped. This was unfortunately not uncommon during this time. “Thousands of Tutsi women and girls were raped then...

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