Rwandan Genocide Kai

The Rwandan Genocide is a war against Tutsis (14% of the population) by Hutus (85% of the population) in the country of Rwanda. The Hutu clan was the most populated clan in Rwanda, and the Tutsis were very uncommon but mostly favoured by the Rwandan government. There is also one other clan that is even more uncommon than the Tutsis, they are called Twan (1% of the population). The Tutsis were technically jealous of the Tutsis because they were more favoured.

The Hutus slaughtered many Tutsis, approximately 800,000 of them, and approximately 30% of Twan died in the process, and that's why we call it a Genocide. The Canadian peacekeeping confederation had sent soldiers to Rwanda while still not letting them do what they needed to do to save the lives of Tutsi people. They wouldn't provide the men and ammunition that they needed.

In the novel 'Shattered' one of the secondary characters named Jacques, is homeless after returning to Canada after seeing the Rwandan Genocide play out out in front of him. Once he had returned he told stories of his experiences to a teenage boy which included the memories of the Hutus stacking the dismembered limbs and dead bodies of the Tutsi people. Once he had returned, he hadn't gotten paid for his participation with the army and had ended up homeless with PTSD and an alcohol addiction.

Many people, mostly, in other countries experience wars and Genocide, which brings them to immigration. Immigration is when a person or a family flees their country in fear of being killed in the process of the war. There have been many other Genocides and wars, and the Rwandan genocide is very rarely remembered in Canada and America. It can affect families and the people around them if they are illegal immigrants.

Here is a list of films based on the Rwandan genocide: Hotel Rwanda (2004) - Shooting Dogs (called Beyond the Gates in the US) (2005) - Sometimes in April (2005) - A Sunday in Kigali (2006) - Shake Hands with the Devil (2007) - Munyurangabo (2007) -The Day God Walked Away (2009) - Kinyarwanda (2011).

The BBC newsletter had posted an article about what happened in Rwanda and it goes into a lot of detail about what happened even if it's only a short article. Here's the link to the article: They wrote about the politics involved in the genocide but rarely mentioned that it was a genocide and that people were slaughtered.

Why do I think this topic should be important? Well, I think it's important to learn from it because you learn that genocide didn't only happen with the holocaust, you learn that genocide isn't always racist but sometimes gruesomely political. It's important to know that our government didn't put much effort into saving the lives of the Tutsi people, it's important to know that the people sent on the Rwandan mission wanted to help those who were being slaughtered and they tried but weren't given enough men and ammunition to help them. You also get taught that even in such a poor country the people will force wars and murder on each other, they can be so poor that they will kill for more power, it's a terrifying reality. One of the reasons I think learning about any genocide is important is that some people need to learn from others' mistakes and try and stop it from happening again.


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