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Peter Dimas 17 February 2008 Eng 102-Lawrence Rwanda Genocide The terrain and surrounding area seems barren and dry, with shrubs encircling a few buildings and houses, with some sort of either clearance/lot or dirt road. This photograph’s background could exist anywhere in the world, from Asia to Africa. However, the foreground depicts a gruesome, morbid sight, an event that would lead one to believe this scene is located in a developing, third-world country. It appears as though a massacre recently happened, for the corpses are not decomposed or eaten by scavengers. In addition, the land the bloodbath took place looks fit for such mass execution, being void of any inanimate objects. All the dead are of African descent as well, which could conclude that this execution took place in an African nation. Dozens of dead litter the dirt clearance, spread sporadically over the ground. Many of the corpses are of women and children, and one can hypothesize all of the people are unarmed and defenseless. One can only wonder why such an atrocity was committed. Many momentous events happened over the 20 th century that defined the course of history as we know it in present. Notions of nationalism in Europe unified countries and promoted imperialism to expand in and colonize “uncivilized” continents such as Africa. Nationalism is portrayed by fervent, sometimes racist, patriotism to one’s country, believing one’s native country is the best and all others are inferior. Imperialism is the expansion of a country’s boundaries by conquering other foreign lands, usually of inferior status. Imperialism partially attributed to the First World War, for borders of separate colonies were ambiguous. Fervent nationalism attributed to the Second World War as well, and some of the significant battles of this war were fought in Africa. Colonies also aided their master nations in the war,
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providing troops for the Allied armies. When the war ended, many African colonies wished for independence, most did not become countries until the 1960s. After gaining independence, civil wars occurred in many African nations. Rwanda, colonized by Belgium since the early 20 th century, was such a case, and endured arguably the worst civil war in Africa. The conflict was not even a civil war, but rather more a genocide.
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