Rwanda: A Study of Violent Cultural Change Analytical Essay by Nicky

Rwanda: A Study of Violent Cultural Change
An examination of the 1994 Rwandan genocide and its root causes.
# 128883 | 3,046 words | 9 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Aug 16, 2010 in Anthropology (African) , History (African) , International Relations (Non-U.S.)

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The paper explores the cause of the Rwandan genocide, including why one cultural group was superior to the other, and why they chose violence instead of collaboration. The paper studies the Hutu and Tutsi cultures and their history, the actions of both tribes during the genocide, and the cultural changes inspired by the genocide. The paper shows how the Hutu and Tutsi tribes did not enter into violence and genocide out of their own volition, but a history of oppression, complicated by the colonial legacy of Rwanda, led to this terrrible conflict.

A History of the Hutu and Tutsi Cultures in Rwanda
A Brief History of the 1994 Genocide
Culture Change

From the Paper:

"The 1994 tragic genocide in Rwanda has been cemented in history by the failure of the rest of the world to act. According to the United Human Rights Council, around 800,000 people had been killed, about one-tenth of the population. Rwanda's people had quite literally been decimated. Although later genocides in other parts of Africa, like Darfur, would eventually dominate the news, the images of death and destruction in Rwanda are forever implanted in the memories of many. From targeted political assassinations to the sweeping murder of civilians, Hutus murdered Tutsis out of pent up rage and frustration over their oppression at the hands of the ruling ethnic group. Taking refuge in churches, nonprofit organization buildings, and hospitals, Tutsis continued to be massacred by Hutus with machetes and clubs. Only some were lucky enough to face an enemy armed with a gun. Despite the continued violence, however, the United States and United Nations continued to do nothing or little to help the situation. Although the United Nations sent a small number of peacekeepers at the beginning of the onslaught, they soon became overwhelmed by the unorganized and increasing violence."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Abdelkader, Rima. "Rwanda: Recovering from Genocide through the Arts." Media Global. 29 July 2006. 19 November 2008. <>
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  • Kreger, Chris. "Peoples of Central Africa." Center for Educational Technologies. 28 April 2005. 19 November 2008. <>
  • McCrummen, Stephanie. "Embers of Rwandan Genocide Flare." Washington Post. 30 October 2008. 19 November 2008. <>
  • "Rwanda," Microsoft(r) Encarta(r) Online Encyclopedia 2008 (c) 1997-2008 Microsoft Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

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