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Some say that racism was the only cause of genocide in Rwanda citing examples such as ethnic divisions (doc 1, 3, and 4). However, genocide was caused due to no foreign intervention (doc 5 and 6), elites and military (doc 2 and 8), and political tensions (doc 7 and 5). Therefore, racism was not the only cause of the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Germany colonized Rwanda in 1884, followed by Belgium who invaded during world war 1 in 1916. Rwanda became their own nation in 1962 and was known as the Republic of Rwanda. Rwanda was the site of one of the worst genocides in modern history. Ethnic hatred going back to the colonial era was behind the slaughter. Belgian colonizers had treated the minority Tutsis better than the majority Hutus. The Rwandan genocide focused attention on the lack of leadership in the international community. Racism was the only cause of the 1994 Rwandan genocide due to ethnic divisions (doc 1, 3, and 4). Document 1 displays an old Rwandan creation myth in which ethnic divisions were based off of. The myth was based on three brothers: Gatwa, Gahutu, Gatutsi. Kigwa was choosing one of the sons to become the successor. The three sons represented different ethnic groups to which they belonged to and they all competed to become the successor. This document symbolizes the ethnic divisions during this time and how they led to the genocide. Document 3 demonstrates that tensions in Rwanda deepened over time as the ethnic divisions increased. This graphic novel illustrates how ethnic divisions

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