Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Rwandan genocide

Genocide means, as in Oxford dictionary, deliberate extermination of a race by another. Rwandan genocide was the 1994 mass killing of hundreds and thousands of rwanda's Tutsis and Hutu political moderatesby Hutus under the HUTU POWER ideology. Over the period of approximately 100 days from 6 April to July, at least 5,00,000 (by another estimate 8,00,000 to 10,00,000 people were killed. Out of a population of 7.3 million ( 73,00,000 lak) people- 84 % of whom were Hutu, 15 % Tutsi and 1 % Twa - the number of victims of the genocide were 1,174,000 (11,74,000 lak)in 100 days i.e. 10,000 murdered every day or 400 every hour or 7 every minute. The other sources put the death toll to 8,00,000including 20 % Hutus. It is estimated that 3,00,000 tutsis servived the genocide. thousands of widows , many of whom were submitted to rape, are now HIV positive. There were about 4,00,000 orphansand nearly 85,000 of therm have become the heads of family.
Some signs of Genocide :
Bodies lying dead
Firing and bombing at random
Only skulls collected after the genocide, kept in the museum