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Today marks the 25th anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide. With clear eyes, let's look at what led up to it, and whether or not it could have been averted.
Let's go back a few years. After World War I, Rwanda and Urundu( modern-day Burundi) were ceded to Belgium from Germany in the Treaty of Versailles.
Yuhi Musinga was made King of Rwanda (left) and Mwambutsa IV Bangiricenge became king of Burundi (despite being 3 years old).
We all know how brutal the Belgians were in the Congo in the rubber quota. Well, in Rwanda, they were no less brutal. The cash crop was coffee. They called themselves"The White Fathers" and forced unreasonable amount of coffee production upon the Rwandans.
Meanwhile, while keeping king Musinga in power, Belgian authorities slowly stripped him of power, but still used his figurehead as the face of the brutality that the Hutus in the plantation suffered.
With the king as a figurehead, Belgian authorities thinking that Rwanda was their own personal playground, the brutality ensued.

Here is a photo of a Rwandan Hutu taken to Katanga by Belgians.

But more insidiously, Belgians had Tutsis oversee these brutal slave camps.
From the Hutu's eyes: The Tutsi master with his white collaborators were imposing untold atrocities between me and my family.
This was a form of trickle-down brutality. Many Hutus were whipped, beaten and/or amputated for failing to meet their coffee quotas by the Tutsi.

The Tutsi's who didn't meet their quota got the same treatment!
There is much brutality, slavery, and genocide that I am skipping over, but I feel you guys get the general picture.
In 1962, both Rwanda and Burundi gain independence from Belgium and this is where Rwanda wasn't able to get rid of the Belgian ghosts.
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