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The Mass Slaughter Essay

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Escaping is a pleasure to some people and to some it was a necessity, like to Jack Werber, “Escape was not our goal since it was so unrealistic. What we wanted was to survive, to live long enough to tell the world what had happened in Buchenwald.” This quote by Jack Werber is inspiring to some people. Jack Werber did live long enough to tell his story, like a lot of Tutsis in the Rwandan genocide. The Rwandan Genocide impacted not only the Tutsis, but the world.
Its surprising how a place outside of the United States made such a big impact on the world. A genocide similar to the Holocaust took place in a small african country. Rwanda, is a small landlocked state in central and east Africa. Located a few degrees south of the Equator. Rwanda is bordered by Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
On April 6, 1994 in Rwanda Africa, the beginning of a massive slaughter began. The mass murdering took place on the same day the Habyarimana president’s plane got shot down and killed him and the rest of the people on board. This is what caused the beginning of the Rwandan Genocide.
Getting rid of the Tutsis was thought of by the Akuza, Rwandan Army, The national army, Interahamwe, Impuzamugambi, and the Hutu population. It started because of the conflict between the Hutu government and the RWF. Within Rwanda, Hutu exterminist among the countries political elite, blamed the Tutsi population for the countries increasing social, economic, and political pressure. When all this was happening, war between Hutus and Tutsis broke out on October 2nd 1990, when the Tutsi rebel group RDF, invaded Rwanda from the North. All the Hutus blamed the Tutsis for supporting the Rebels.
The Hutu wanted to get rid of the Tutsi population because they wanted to be more powerful. According to the United States Holocaust Museum website, there is a longstanding history between Hutus and Tutsis. Even though they speak the same languages, follow similar traditions and live side by side, During the colonial period in Rwanda, the ruling Belgium's favored the minority Tutsis, and gave them a range advantage over the majority of Hutus.
On the day of April 6th 1994, the mass murders sparked a ferocious wave of bloody reprisals as thousands of ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus were slaughtered over the next three months, killing almost 10,000 people everyday. Hutu extremists were told to load up on weapons like knives, guns, axes, whatever they could find so they could kill tutsis. They could do whatever they wanted to the Tutsis. The Hutu government said “Spare no one, especially the babies.” The Hutus goal was to kill every Tutsi in Rwanda. As told by Border guards, people have been floating down the river in hundreds everyday for weeks. Many bodies had their hands tied behind their backs. They were either shot, hacked, clubbed, burned, or drowned.
During the 100 days of the brutal massacre known as the Rwandan Genocide, between 800,000 to a million...

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