Genocide in Rwanda: Extreme Denial of Human Rights Essay

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Former UN Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali once said, "We were not realizing that with just a machete, you can do a genocide." To be candid, nobody anticipated the Rwandan Genocide that occurred in 1994. The genocide in Rwanda was an infamous blood-red blur in modern history where almost a million innocent people were murdered in cold blood. Members of the Tutsi tribe were systematically hacked or beaten to death by members of the Interahamwe, a militia made up of Hutu tribe members. In just 100 days, from April 6, 1994 to mid-July, 20% of Rwanda's population was killed; about 10,000 people a day. Bodies literally were strewn over city streets. Genocide obviously violates almost all articles of the Universal Declaration of Human …show more content…
Some were beaten to death. After two hours, the militia left; by that time, almost no one was left alive. Around twelve people, including some children, managed to hide and avoided the massacre; the priest hid them the chapel. When the Interahamwe found out that they hadn’t killed the entire parish, they doused the building with gasoline and lit it on fire. This time, no one survived. After the massacre, UN officials arrived at the church. They witnessed a pile of human remains, horribly mutilated and bloody, littering the floor. The priest spoke to them, and they learned the whole gruesome story. Shockingly, the UN did nothing. Even after seeing the bloodshed firsthand, they declined to act and did not lift a finger to try and stop the genocide. Neither did anyone else in the international community. Perhaps this is just as shocking as the genocide itself: people looked on while others were being murdered in broad daylight, when so much could have been done. Samantha Power, as cited in Genocide: Modern Crimes Against Humanity, believes that “The United States could have led the world” (January 92). The US could have publicly condemned the genocide, sent peacekeeping forces to Rwanda, and/or pledge to hold the criminals responsible for their actions. Sadly, none of this happened, and hundreds of thousands Rwandans whose lives could have been saved perished. Whoever managed to

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