When they are at the General Assembly the members of the United Nations discuss world problems and vote on what to do to resolve these problems. Their headquarters is in New York City, but there are many other buildings around the world where the UN works.
The United Nations have their own symbol, which is a picture of the world being held in olive branches of peace. The United Nations already had peacekeepers UNIMIR in Rwanda before the killings started because they had recently signed a peace treaty and they were in Rwanda to make sure everything was going smoothly. It is reported that the UN was well aware of what was going on in Rwanda and what could happen.
They ignored the fact that Rwanda was on the radar for a massive killing spree break out. The troops that were in Rwanda did not have well-functioning material and were not trained well enough to stop genocide from happening, but they took as many Tutsis as they could to a local hotel and tried to protect them there.
When the UN heard about how many people were being killed, they ordered the peacekeepers to come home. Sadly, many of those peacekeepers were killed at the airport on their way home. Even when soldiers and generals tried to bring attention to the Security Council that there were mass killings going on in Rwanda, they still refused to send out more of their militia.
The Security Council finally started to take notice in this quote from UN. The book, Left to Tell , by Immaculee Ilibagiza, it is hard to hear the heart-wrenching stories that she had been through.
One really gets a good look at how things actually were for the Rwandans during this time. My anger vanished, and once again all I felt was fear. Help came late for Rwanda, but the RPF took control and elected a new president which stopped the killings, and was going to start re-building Rwanda. The Outreach Program for Rwanda focuses on the troubles Rwanda had a made a note to learn from their mistakes.
The UN takes the lessons that they learned and applies them when they are working with countries much like Rwanda. This program realizes the challenges survivors of the Rwandan Genocide are still facing today, and they raise awareness so that they can help those people be the best off as they can.
The UN wants to help prevent other countries going as far as Rwanda did with the killings. The businesses were down, people were out of jobs, cities were destroyed, and on top of all of that many people were dead. Every once in a while there is an outbreak of terrorist attacks or a small fight, but Rwanda has calmed down most of that by now. It is exciting to see that Rwanda has shown a great amount of progress by investing in better healthcare for their country.
They are rebuilding their country from the ground up this time, and health care is a great place to start for them. When I found out and researched more about what the UN was doing through-out the period of the Rwandan Genocide, I decided to declare in my opinion that the UN failed in saving many lives of innocent Rwandans.
I am not saying that they did not help at all because they did have soldiers in Rwanda, but instead of increasing that number, they took more soldiers out. They failed when they ignored the fact that there was a high possibility of there being mass killings in Rwanda. An agricultural nation, it was economically dependent on the harvesting of rice, coffee, and maize. Though the nation was dependent on these agricultural exports to Western powers, including the United States, the West was not dependent on Rwanda for these products traditionally received from Brazil, Columbia, and other larger African nations.
The Europeans segregated the native Rwandans into three racial classifications: Hutu, Twa, and Tutsi. Belgium colonists soon issued ethnic identity cards. The issuance of these cards formalized an imposed condition of racial inferiority that did not exist before European presence.
This imposed racial system would later be one of the leading, if not most significant, causes for the racial Rwanda genocide in Belgium soon realized, however, that in giving Tutsis such a preferred status in government affairs they ran a dangerous risk of the Tutsis demanding independence. In , tensions within the country erupted in a violent Hutu revolution, ignored by the West and the Catholic Church, in which hundreds of Moderate Hutu and Tutsis were killed.
Rwanda, though nominally independent, was still highly dependent on Belgian influence, still had strong Belgian political ties, and therefore retained the racial divisions that allowed the Hutu, in return, to subjugate the Tutsi. This government ended in with a military coup. Belgium tightly controlled the new one party dictatorship and ignored the increasing Tutsi refugee problem.
The only seeming option of return was military force, and the Rwandan Patriotic Front was born. Supported by the Ugandan government, hundreds of the trained Tutsi soldiers waited for an opportunity to reinvade Rwanda. In attempts to cease the fighting, in the Belgian-Rusha Accords were signed that would allow Tutsis back into the country protected by United Nations forces.
The genocide itself occurred in a quick, planned fashion. On April 6, at 8: The Hutu presidential plane carrying President Habyarimana returning from Tanzania after signing the Peace Accord had been shot down by a missile. Recent evidence suggests that the crash was caused by a land based missile from a Rwandan military base under the control of the Hutu government. Over the night of April 9, , French and Belgian paratroopers seized Kigali airport, independent of the United Nations. These troops commanded the airport and efficiently infiltrated the country to remove stranded Western citizens while leaving every single African behind.
This proves that the Western world was able and willing to get into Rwanda, only to save its own citizens. By April 10, Eastern Rwandan extremists implemented the second planned phase of killing, moving into the countryside.
Young recruits of the interahamwe were told, across propagandist radio, that all Tutsis wanted power, would enslave the Hutu if they survived, and were invaders and spies of Rwanda.
- Political Governance in Post-genocide Rwanda Critical analysis The Spring Semester of Political Governance in Post-genocide Rwanda I. Summary: Rawanda is a country full of paradoxes, difficult for outsiders to understand what is really happening there.
“Hotel Rwanda” Teresa Gonzales Yulo BEEN 4 A Reaction Paper on the movie “Hotel Rwanda” “Hotel Rwanda” Teresa Gonzales Yulo BEEN 4 A Reaction Paper on the movie “Hotel Rwanda” 08 Fall 08 Fall Hotel Rwanda describes the rivalry between two ethnic groups, the Hutus and the Tutsis.
Essay about Hotel Rwanda Hotel Rwanda “ Hotel Rwanda ” was directed by Terry George and produced by Sam Bhembe and Roberto Cicutto. It was released into the United States on December 22, , but it released elsewhere in . The beginning of the genocide is usually traced to April 6, when a plane crashed with Rwanda's president, Juvenal Habyarimanya on board. However, roots the genocide were established much earlier; the Hutu Power .
Rwanda currently has two main tribes – Hutu and Tutsi. However, since the coming into power of Paul Kagame as the President of Rwanda, there has been constant reconciliation between the two tribes with Kagame maintaining that Rwanda is one and all citizens and Rwandans. The movie Hotel Rwanda focuses on personal aspects of the violence witnessed during the Rwanda genocide. There are claims that Belgians colonizers are responsible for the generation of Hutu versus Tutsis ideologies that informed the atrocious violence witnessed in Rwandan genocide.