On #ThisDayinHistory 1994, the Rwandan Civil War begins: The genocide had already begun and then 10 Belgian peacekeeping officers were killed in an effort to discourage international. In approximately three months, Hutu extremists brutally murdered an estimated 1 million civilians from the Tutsi ethnic group, as well as moderate Hutus in the worst episode of ethnic genocide since World War II #AceHistoryNews

#AceHistoryNews – Apr.07: The immediate roots of the 1994 genocide dated back to the early 90s, when President Juvenal Habyarimana, a Hutu, began using anti-Tutsi rhetoric. Following that, there were several massacres of Tutsis in the country. Although both ethnic groups had shared the same language and culture for centuries, Rwandan law required registration based on ethnicity: Throughout the 90s, the government and army had been amassing Interahamwe (meaning “those who attack together”) and preparing for the elimination of the Tutsi ethnic, and in January 1994, UN forces in Rwanda warned that larger massacres were imminent #AceHistoryDesk reports

https://t.me/HistoricalPics/8278 On April 6, 1994, President Habyarimana was killed when his plane was shot down. Hutu extremists in the military and civilian supporters were spurred into grisly action by the event and within hours of the crash the genocide began: Soon after the Belgian peacekeepers were killed, radio stations in Rwanda were broadcasting appeals to the Hutu majority to kill all Tutsis in the country. By the summer, the RPF had defeated the Hutu forces and driven them out of the country and into several neighboring nations. However, by that time, an estimated 75 percent of the Tutsis living in Rwanda had been murdered. Despite the horrific crimes, the international community, including the U.S., hesitated to take definitive action. President Clinton later called America’s failure to do anything to stop the genocide “the biggest regret” of his administration. #Rwanda #Genocide #CivilWar #OTD #AceHistoryNews

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