Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Organizers and Leaders

Juvéna Habyarimana's NRMD party played a key role in organizing this genocide. There were no specific leaders for this horrific genocide, but it was what the majority of the Hutu population wanted. In this time, they had no real government. Actually, neither one of them did. It was just one tribe against another. That’s all they knew. They had been fighting for decades over minor things. The Hutu couldn't put up with the Tutsi anymore, they were favored more by Belgium (Belgium had in this point in time taken over Rwanda), even though there were 8 TIMES more Hutu that Tutsi. It all started when their president was killed. That was their breaking point. This, in my perspective, would not have happened if their president (Juvénal Habyarimana) had not been killed. This outburst happened because their leader was gone. So, naturally, they had no one to “keep them in check”. They were angry, agitated, and scared. I think it was natural reaction for them to start war. (I am in no way, shape, or form saying this is okay, or the correct way to have handled the situation.) I am against war. It solves nothing.After all, in approximately 100 days 800,000 Tutsi were slaughtered. And what good came from that? It didn't solve the problems. In retrospect, it may have even created more problems. In the end, the RPF (Rwandan Patriotic Front) took over Rwanda. The war was over. Only after hundreds of thousands of people were murdered.

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