Rwandan Genocide

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The Rwandan Genocide (1994) involved the mass killing of hundreds of thousands of ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutu sympathizers in Rwanda and was the largest atrocity during the Rwandan Civil War and was one of the most significant human atrocities of the twentieth century.


Kigali Memorial Centre, Gisozi, Rwanda.
  • The Rwandan genocide was mostly carried out by two extremist Hutu militia groups, the Interahamwe and the Impuzamugambi, during about 100 days from April 6 through mid-July, 1994.
  • Somewhere between half a million and one million people were systematically slaughtered in three months (~100 days).
  • Approx. 14% of the Rwandan population died, including approximately 77% of Tutsis living in Rwanda.
  • This is numerically equivalent to approximately three September 11 incidents occurring every day for three months.
  • At least 500,000 Tutsis and thousands of moderate Hutus died. Note that several estimates put the death toll between 700,000 and 1,000,000, depending on the source.

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