I don't mean to turn this into a "worst massacre" contest, but let's not overlook some incredible human rights violations. The problem here may not be what you call the killings, but maybe the use of the word "worst.
An airplane crash in carrying the presidents of Rwanda and Burundi provided a spark for an organized campaign of violence against the Tutsi and moderate Hutu civilians across the country.
ApproximatelyTutsis and Hutu moderates were slaughtered in a carefully organized program of genocide over days, making history as the quickest killing spree the world has ever seen. Genocide Begins Civil war broke out in Rwanda inexacerbating existing tensions between the Tutsi minority and Hutu majority.
The RPF, which was comprised of mostly Tutsis, placed blame on the government for failing to address the Tutsi refugees.
All Tutsis in the country were characterized as accomplices of the RPF and all Hutu members of the opposition parties were deemed traitors.
Despite the opposition forces reaching a peace agreement inpolitical negotiations continued in attempts to achieve harmony between the Tutsis and Hutus.
In just a matter of hours, Hutu rebels surrounded the capital and took over the streets of Kigali.
Oct 14, · Watch video · Rwandan Genocide Begins. On April 6, , a plane carrying Habyarimana and Burundi’s president Cyprien Ntaryamira was shot down over the capital city of Kigali, leaving no survivors. The genocide was officially over July 4 th, when the RPF took entire military control over Rwanda (1). By this point an estimate ,,, Tutsis and Hutu extremists had been brutally murdered (3). There has been on-going intense hatred and suspicion occasionally breaking out into terrible massacres by whichever group was in power. The largest of the massacres was the Rwandan genocide, but there have been other genocides on both sides!All that was said i think the hutu's and the tutsi's are againt each other.
As the weeks progressed, Tutsis and anyone suspected of having any ties to a Tutsi, were killed. The political vacuum enabled Hutu extremists to take control of the country.
Detailed lists of Tutsi targets were prepared in advance and government radio stations called upon Rwandans to murder their neighbors. These specific lists included names, addresses and sometimes license plates. Through radio hate speech, people were encouraged to take the streets and exterminate those who matched the list.
Radio hosts discussed discrimination the Hutus suffered under the power of the Tutsis. Strong connotations describing Hutus as slaves during colonization painted the Rwandan genocide as a type of slave rebellion. Radio stories were used to anger the Hutus and channel that anger into action.
The extremist Hutus strategy turned into an extermination campaign as they began to encounter resistance from the Rwandan Patriotic Front RPFa Tutsi rebel group.
The RPF fought back as the violence grew more severe, creating a toxic mix of both civil war and genocide. In response, the Hutus changed their strategy, believing if the opposition was completely exterminated, their majority power and status would be reassured and preserved.
Thus, they set out to get rid of the Tutsis completely.
In addition to the brutal mass killings, systematic rape was also widely used as a weapon of war during the Rwandan genocide. The exact number is unknown, but it is estimated that betweenandwomen were raped. Often times, women did not even have to succumb to the aftermath of rape as they were often immediately killed right after.
Over the course of the days, the RPF began to make gains on both the battlefield and in the negotiations led by Tanzania.
By early July, the RPF had control of the majority of the country. Fearing reprisal killings, hundreds of thousands of Hutus fled the country. Who Are the Hutus and Tutsis? Rwanda is composed of three main ethnic groups: Hutu, Tutsi and Twa.
The colonial power, Belgium, believed that the Tutsi were superior to the Hutu and the Twa and put the Tutsis in charge of Rwanda. At the end of colonial rule, however, Belgium began giving more power to the Hutus. As the Hutus gained more leverage, they began to drive the Tutsis out of Rwanda and significantly lowered the population of Tutsis in the country.
Precursors to Genocide Ethnic tensions existed in Rwanda for centuries, growing even more extreme after Rwanda gained independence from Belgium in According to the national census, the total population of Rwanda was million, with 90 percent of the population in the Hutu ethnic group, 9 percent Tutsi, and 1 percent Twa.
The Rwandan Genocide itself began with mass killings in Kigali, but over the course of its day duration, killing spread to all corners of the country. The US and the Genocide in Rwanda The U.S. and the Genocide in Rwanda The Assassination of the Presidents and the Beginning of the "Apocalypse" On April 6, , Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana’s personal plane, a gift from French president Francois Mitterand, was.
The Ghosts of Rwanda The Rwandan Genocide. A horrible nightmare for many nations, but mainly for Rwanda. After a potential peace treaty going south, the Hutus, viciously murdered close to 1 million Tutsi.
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This makes the Rwandan Genocide one of the fastest genocides in history.  The two main militia groups that carried out the killings were the Interahamwe and the Impuzamugambi.
Oct 14, · Watch video · Rwandan Ethnic Tensions; Rwandan Genocide Begins; Slaughter Spreads Across Rwanda; International Response; Rwandan Genocide Trials; During the Rwandan genocide of , members of the Hutu ethnic majority in the east-central African nation of Rwanda murdered as many as , people, mostly of the .