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From the Tutsi perspective they were in power, they had the ability to mobilize and army to gain dominance over the Hutu. They came to power because they were a much more organized people and brought stability to the region. They possessed far greater knowledge and the drive to succeed and this was recognized by educated Europeans. The Tutsi earned the right to rule the region through hard work, innovation, and determination. The Hutu people could not do for themselves what the Tutsi had done and that is to turn the region into one that at one point was one of the richest in the world. Only when the manipulation of the Belgian’s switched to put the less educated and unorganized Hutu in power did the region fall apart. The Hutu could not be satisfied with this nor were they capable of running an organized country. They only sought revenge against the Tutsi for their rule for centuries over them. The Hutu were not educated nor did they possess the ability to lead. The lower class was meant for work and service not for leadership, which clearly before Europeans started meddling in the affairs of the Tutsi, was the case. Did the country rule itself and prosper under the expertise of farming? No it was clearly that of the superior Tutsi organization. The Europeans are to blame for unsettling this natural balance and turning the uncivilized Hutu against the Tutsi. If the Tutsi are not superior and natural leaders over the much larger population of Hutu, then how is it that so few Tutsi were able to gain control of the region? The Tutsi also did not try to exterminate the Hutu out of existence, but when the Hutu were put in control of the region they sought on several occasions to eliminate the Tutsi population. They did not gain control through natural circumstances either, the Hutu were placed in control after the Tutsi tried to fight the Europeans for independence of the country. The Hutu would rather be puppets of an outside regime than fight for their own independence. The Tutsi have given more to the region than the Hutu who need to accept their natural order as the working class and give way to the Tutsi who have the natural ability to bring organization and stability to the region.
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Sunday, July 15, 2007
The Hutu are the largest of the three ethnic groups in Burundi and Rwanda, according to the United States Central Intelligence Agency, 84% of Rwandans and 85% of Burundian are Hutu (CIA Factbook, 2007). The Hutu arrived in Africa and dominated the area until the arrival of the Tutsi. The Tutsi were a Hamitic people who migrated south from what is now Ethiopia, conquering the Hutu kingdoms and establishing dominance over the Hutu and Twa between the 1400s and the 1700s, who already resided there (Wikipedia, 2007). Tutsis moved south from Ethiopia and invaded the homeland of the Hutus. Though much smaller in number, they conquered the Hutus, who agreed to raise crops for them in return for protection. The civil war in Rwanda broke out and resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Tutsis and moderate Hutus. Since the Hutu started the riots and ultimately the war, many fled upon the conclusion fearing retribution. Millions of refugees fled to Zaire and Tanzania. However, even before this occured, a Tutsi king and aristocracy had long dominated the Hutu majority. The Tutsi king limited Hutus’ education and employment (CNN.com, 1996). As a result of all of this, the Hutus are simply seeking indemnity for the crimes they committed, equal rights, freedom, and the ability to achieve whatever they desire.
Central Intelligence Agency (2007). The World Factbook. Africa. Retrieved July 14, 2007, from https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/.
Wikimedia project, Inc (2007). Wikipedia the online encyclopedia. Hutu. Retrieved July 14, 2007, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HutuCNN.com (1996). Year in review 1996. Retrieved July 14, 2007, from www.cnn.com