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Rwandan Genocide Life in Rwanda • Rwanda had a law that forced people to register as a Hutu or Tutsi. • The Hutu’s began to create Tutsi hatred but the two ethnic groups had long been interacting together. • (ex. They went to school together, married, worked together, etc) Leading up to the Genocide • The Hutu led government planned the Genocide for several years prior to 1994. • The government did fear that the army was too integrated to Hutu and Tutsi and so they created a “civilian self-defense force.” • This was a group of Hutu’s that carried out the Genocide. Beginning of horror • On April 6, the plane carrying President Habyarimana was shot down. • The cause was never determined. (some say it was a set-up by Hutu’s to justify the Genocide others say that the Tutsi’s did it in order stand up to the government) • The Genocide begin soon after this. • "If the pictures of tens of thousands of human bodies being gnawed on by dogs do not wake us out of our apathy, I do not know what will." Undersecretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan in 1994 Stats of Genocide • Over the course of only 100 days, a stupefying 1,000,000 people were slaughtered. • An estimated 11% of all females, or approximately 535,000 women, living in Rwanda at the time of the genocide were victims of a concerted rape campaign. Most of them by HIV+ men. • More than 67% of women who were raped in 1994 during the genocide are now facing death from AIDS.
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