Did Colonialism Plant The Early Seeds Of Genocide

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In Rwanda, the major clans are the Hutus, who were the so-called ethnic majority, and the Tutsis. Essentially, these tribes were how the classes were defined. Hutus were farmers while Tutsis worked with livestock in older times. Cattle was more valuable than land, so the Tutsi became the elites. When Belgium seized the land from Germany in 1917, the Tutsi tribe ruled for a time. This created a “divide and conquer” environment between the ethnic groups and continued after the country went independent in 1962.

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