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The “Final Solution” to the “Tutsi Problem”

  • Kingsley Chiedu Moghalu

Abstract

The Rwandan genocide of 1994 was the indirect result of the expansion of the European-dominated international system of the late nineteenth century. That expansion occurred mostly through colonization. Rwanda is made up of three ethnic groups—the Twas (historically pigmy hunters believed to have been the area’s first inhabitants), the Hutus of Bantu origin (believed to have come from Cameroon), and the Tutsis (who reportedly came from Ethiopia in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries). The Hutus, who constitute 85 percent of Rwanda’s population, were mainly farmers, while the Tutsis, who comprised 14 percent prior to the genocide, were mainly pastoral keepers of cattle. “This was the original inequality: cattle are a more valuable asset than produce,” writes Philip Gourevitch.1

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1 The “Final Solution” to the “Tutsi Problem”

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