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Global Studies : Rwanda

Global Studies is a team-taught, interdisciplinary course focused on the literature, histories, governments, geography, and cultures of the world including Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America.

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How Colonialism Affected the Rwandan Genocide

"The events that took place in the heart of Rwanda during 1994 were atrocious. More than 800,000 Tutsi were hacked and massacred at the hands and machetes of extremist Hutu while the entire world stood by and watched. How did it come to this? How could such hatred lead to the slaughter of nearly 1 million Tutsi? The roots of the carnage can be tied to European colonialism in Rwanda. Through racist ideologies that led to a distinct classification of Hutu and Tutsi and a falsified history of Rwanda, Europeans successfully birthed an ethnic divide that ultimately led to the Rwandan Genocide."
RWANDAN ETHNIC CONFLICTS A HISTORICAL LOOK AT ROOT CAUSES"There can be no durable solution unless the root causes of the conflicts are addressed. This paper addresses the root causes of the Rwandan ethnic conflict from a historical point of view. This study is significant because it will contribute to the understanding of the real causes of the conflict in order to effectively find a durable solution."

Rwanda Genocide Archive
Provides oral testimonies of both survivors, rescurers and perpetrators; Photographs of victims and perpetrators, Remains of victims being exhumed; and Archival documents.

BBC: The story of Africa

Tells the story of Africa from an African perspective.

African Activist Archive

Collection of materials on African struggles against colonialism and social injustices from 1950's to 1990's.

BHS Library Books & E-books

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News Sources

  • All Africa
    Based in Africa, this source produces and aggregates news from over 130 African organizations
  • The New Times
    National daily newspaper published by The New Times Publications in Kigali
  • New York Times
    Times Topics: Rwanda
  • The Guardian
    Articles and online resources on Rwanda in this U.K. daily focusing on world news