While her family is chopped to pieces amidst the screams, she plays dead amongst the corpses for forty three days staring up from amongst the bodies at a statue of Christ. These administrations claim that they were unable to intervene due to lack of warning signs and information; this is untrue. The United States and the Western world did not intervene in the Rwanda genocide due to economic disinterest, political apathy, and African prejudice, despite distinct knowledge of the genocide.
Rwanda is a small African country of 10, square miles and a pre-genocide population of approximately 8,, An agricultural nation, it was economically dependent on the harvesting of rice, coffee, and maize. Though the nation was dependent on these agricultural exports to Western powers, including the United States, the West was not dependent on Rwanda for these products traditionally received from Brazil, Columbia, and other larger African nations.
The Europeans segregated the native Rwandans into three racial classifications: Hutu, Twa, and Tutsi. Belgium colonists soon issued ethnic identity cards. The issuance of these cards formalized an imposed condition of racial inferiority that did not exist before European presence.
This imposed racial system would later be one of the leading, if not most significant, causes for the racial Rwanda genocide in Belgium soon realized, however, that in giving Tutsis such a preferred status in government affairs they ran a dangerous risk of the Tutsis demanding independence. In , tensions within the country erupted in a violent Hutu revolution, ignored by the West and the Catholic Church, in which hundreds of Moderate Hutu and Tutsis were killed. Rwanda, though nominally independent, was still highly dependent on Belgian influence, still had strong Belgian political ties, and therefore retained the racial divisions that allowed the Hutu, in return, to subjugate the Tutsi.
This government ended in with a military coup. Belgium tightly controlled the new one party dictatorship and ignored the increasing Tutsi refugee problem. I attended a Catholic school but the national Rwandan Board of Education set the curriculum. During the first week of the school year, there was what I call the census of Hutus and Tutsis.
They asked Hutus to go on one side of the room and Tutsis on the other side. The majority of students was confused and had to ask their parents. That was our assignment one day before the census. My parents told me that I was a Tutsi. I asked them why? They explained to me by telling me about events that happened in and Tutsi houses had been burned, some Tutsis were killed and Hutus kicked others out of school. My parents also told me that at any time this could happen again because Hutus were still in power.
It meant I was a victim, a powerless person. The Hutu students were learning about the same divisions, but in a different context of history. Their parents taught them the meaning of being Hutu by describing events before when Tutsis were the oppressors, treating Hutus like serfs or slaves.
The teacher explained that Hutus existed before Tutsis as farmers and Tutsis came after as nomads with their cattle. This census happened every year, and each year we saw ourselves more and more differently, engaging in sometimes tense discussions.
The United Nations have groups of troops called Peacekeepers. Their job is to go into countries that are in need of help, to help them and create a sense of peace. As of right now in , the UN have 15 peacekeeping operations to four continents. Even though the UN has been sending the Peacekeepers out to help these war torn countries, there is no way that they can guarantee success, because many of these countries are in conditions that the UN cannot overcome.
It states on un. It is stated on un. Some people say that the General Assembly is the closest thing to a world parliament. When they are at the General Assembly the members of the United Nations discuss world problems and vote on what to do to resolve these problems.
Their headquarters is in New York City, but there are many other buildings around the world where the UN works. The United Nations have their own symbol, which is a picture of the world being held in olive branches of peace.
The United Nations already had peacekeepers UNIMIR in Rwanda before the killings started because they had recently signed a peace treaty and they were in Rwanda to make sure everything was going smoothly. It is reported that the UN was well aware of what was going on in Rwanda and what could happen. They ignored the fact that Rwanda was on the radar for a massive killing spree break out. The troops that were in Rwanda did not have well-functioning material and were not trained well enough to stop genocide from happening, but they took as many Tutsis as they could to a local hotel and tried to protect them there.
When the UN heard about how many people were being killed, they ordered the peacekeepers to come home. Sadly, many of those peacekeepers were killed at the airport on their way home.
Even when soldiers and generals tried to bring attention to the Security Council that there were mass killings going on in Rwanda, they still refused to send out more of their militia.
- Political Governance in Post-genocide Rwanda Critical analysis The Spring Semester of Political Governance in Post-genocide Rwanda I. Summary: Rawanda is a country full of paradoxes, difficult for outsiders to understand what is really happening there.
“Hotel Rwanda” Teresa Gonzales Yulo BEEN 4 A Reaction Paper on the movie “Hotel Rwanda” “Hotel Rwanda” Teresa Gonzales Yulo BEEN 4 A Reaction Paper on the movie “Hotel Rwanda” 08 Fall 08 Fall Hotel Rwanda describes the rivalry between two ethnic groups, the Hutus and the Tutsis.
Essay about Hotel Rwanda Hotel Rwanda “ Hotel Rwanda ” was directed by Terry George and produced by Sam Bhembe and Roberto Cicutto. It was released into the United States on December 22, , but it released elsewhere in . The beginning of the genocide is usually traced to April 6, when a plane crashed with Rwanda's president, Juvenal Habyarimanya on board. However, roots the genocide were established much earlier; the Hutu Power .
Rwanda currently has two main tribes – Hutu and Tutsi. However, since the coming into power of Paul Kagame as the President of Rwanda, there has been constant reconciliation between the two tribes with Kagame maintaining that Rwanda is one and all citizens and Rwandans. The movie Hotel Rwanda focuses on personal aspects of the violence witnessed during the Rwanda genocide. There are claims that Belgians colonizers are responsible for the generation of Hutu versus Tutsis ideologies that informed the atrocious violence witnessed in Rwandan genocide.