Causes of the Rwandan Civil War

Causes of the Rwandan Civil War - *Causes of the Rwandan...

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**Causes of the Rwandan Civil War Belgians favored Tutsis during the Belgian colonial era o Hutus were considered second class citizens Belgians encouraged Hutu uprisings in the name of democracy upon leaving Rwanda, thus reversing their former favoritism 1990-exiled Tutsis in Uganda became increasingly unhappy and formed the Rwandese Patriotic Front (RPF) o Hutus considered Tutsi diaspora an “evil aristocracy” that had been rightly exiled, but Tutsis demanded recognition of their rights as Rwandans o Uganda passed legislation preventing non-Ugandans from owning land, forcing the Tutsis out, and fueling the fire of discontent and the desire to return to Rwanda 1990-Slumping economy Food shortages October 1, 1990-RPF troops invade Rwanda, starting Civil War After the end of the war, government leaders formed militias and put plans in place to exterminate the Tutsi race ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- **How it contributed to Genocide Tutsis intended for the invasion to pressure the government into ending their second-class status , BUT instead it was viewed (by most) as an attempt to bring the Tutsis back into power and enslave the Hutu race Caused ethnic tensions to rise to all-time highs o War disrupted agriculture and communication Severely damaged distribution and availability of food
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