To what extent was the Rwanda genocide an example of root-and-branch genocide?
To what extent was the Rwanda genocide and example of root-and-branch genocide?
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While seeking for my Internal Assessment topic I came across the topic Rwandan Genocide and immediately became interested. The term genocide is a term formally used to describe the act of violence towards members of a national, ethical, racial or religious group. (Farlex) The Rwandan Genocide was a mass murdering of minority groups, killing approximately 800,000 men, women, and children. This immediately made me think what connection this certain genocide have to the term the root-and-branch genocide, a ...view middle of the document...
In Rwanda the population consisted of minorities which were Tutsi that consisted of 14% and Hutus which was 85% even though the group consisted of majority of Rwanda they still did be considered and ethical group. Twa was a group that was made up of 1% of the population. (Jones) Each one of the minorities groups contained men, women and children of all ages. The Rwandan Genocide is considered Root-and Branch Genocide because when you put the two terms together it comes out as, those that expand beyond adult males to remaining sectors of the targeted population. (Jones, 465)The victims of this Rwandan Genocide were the Tutsis and some of Hutus moderates and even the prime minister. Their deaths began when the Hutu extremists began wiping out their political associates governments. But the Hutu nationalist group which was known as Parmehutu was the led a social revolution which resulted in overthrowing the Tutsi class. (Rosenberg) Because of the overthrowing it resulted in a death of approximately 20,000 Tutsi and 200,000 were exiled in countries near the Tutsis. As days past by turning into weeks the Hutus extremist behavior became more violent and began to spread. (Walker) Because the government had the names and addresses of almost all the Tutsis living in Rwanda the killers had the chance to go to door to door and slaughter the Tutsis. (Rosenberg) Each Rwandan had an identity card labeling them weather they were Tutsis, Hutu, or Twa this also helped the killers identify their victims. (Rosenberg) During this strong discrimination and hatred process thousands of the Tutsi women were raped and tortured and then put to death. This hatred action even went so far to that some of the women were kept alive for weeks to be sex slaves. The Hutu extremist tortured the women and girls by diminishing their cleavage and scaring their vaginal areas. (Rosenberg) The moderate Hutus that didn’t react and show discrimination to the Tutsis were also victimized in the genocide as well. The Rwanda Genocide is implicitly an example of the root-and-branch genocide because the Hutus appointed a certain ethic population which was the Tutsis and the Hutus and discriminated. Both groups were discriminated on a large scale through the actions of violence from all ages and genders.
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Evaluation of Sources:
Jones, Adam . Genocide: A Comprehensive Introduction. 2nd ed . New York: Routledge, 2011. 645. Print.
Genocide: A Comprehensive Introduction is the second edition written by Adam Jones. The book is for students and general readers interested in learning about one of humanities enduring killings. A Comprehensive Introduction is a piece of literature that provides a clear introduction to the subject of the Genocide for all readership levels. In some parts of the book Adam Jones uses examples from other subjects like psychology and sociology and etc. this creates a sort of distraction of the main focus which is the Genocide.