In 1994 a small country in Africa was torn apart by genocide. About 1,000,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed. No place wassafe, and only a lucky few survived to tell about it. This horror happened in Rwanda. It all happened in about 100 days.
Rwanda is about the size of Maryland http://www.anngarrison.com/audio/ingabire-trial-opening-in-rwanda
Rwanda’s population is about 85% Hutu, 14% Tutsi, and 1% Twa (aboriginal pygmies).
When Belgium wanted to colonizeRwanda, they thought it would be easiest if they could divide the people. They declared the Tutsisto be superior and the Hutus to be inferior.
Hutus and Tutsis shared the same language and culture, grew up together, and intermarried.
Most Hutus and Tutsis could not tell each other apart, but they were given identity cards.
Tutsis enjoyed better jobs andeducation, but when the Belgiansleft they put the Hutus in charge. Unrest followed. The 1994 genocide was not the first time Rwandans killed Rwandans.
In April 1994 genocide broke out.Public buildings such as schools andchurches had been safe havens intimes of past unrest. That was notto be this time around. One mantells of 50,000 people who soughtsafety in a school.Only ten survived.
Machetes used during the genocide http://outofafrica2010.wordpress.com/2010/08/31/un-inquiry- into-rwandan-genocide-revenge-claims/
This man is one of the few survivors of the Rwandangenocide of 1994. It is believed that he was scarred withthe use of a machete, one of the main weapons usedduring the genocide. http://therwandangenocide.wordpress.com/
Many recognized clothing worn by loved ones• http://blogs.desmoinesregister.com/dmr/index.php/2010/04/07/rwandan- genocide-anniversary-today/
Mass exodus after genocide in Rwanda http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-483778/British-doctor-key-organiser- Rwandan-genocide-court-told.html
Immaculee Ilibagiza is a Rwandangenocide survivor; she now lives in the U.S. and is a public speaker. • http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=2258246n