Essay on The Cause And Effect Of The Tutsis And The Hutus

1021 Words Jun 12th, 2016 null Page
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The stars were glowing intensely that night; It looked almost as if it was a warning. The mousebirds that usually fill the sky were nowhere to be seen. You could feel it: something terrible was going to happen. The humidity of the air stuffed my lungs making it extremely difficult to breath. I could barely hear the TV over the loud roar from the helicopter,
“Breaking news: Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana has been killed. The former president’s plane has been shot down above Kigali airport believed to be by a Tutsi rebel group. The president’s plane came crashing down and exploded on impact. There was one survivor who is currently in the hospital in critical condition.”
The world had stood still; we all stood frozen as the TV announced the events that happened. How did the situation become this bad? I knew the tension between the Tutsis and the Hutus was nerve-racking but an assassination on a political figurehead was something that could never been foretold; even our lieutenant-general Romeo Dallaire was shook. It was alarming to see a man of his stature so tense. I could hear him mutter something under his breath,
“Shit.”
The attack on president Juvenal Habyarimana’s plane triggered something catastrophic. In only a few days, a slaughter began. Everyone turned on everyone; neighbours killed neighbours and family killed family. Husband’s killed their Tutsi wives in fear that they would be killed themselves. Churches became memorials as a reminder of the people…

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