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To me the most interesting feature of the Rwandan case is that the ethnic distinctions were almost nonexistent before European colonization. Although the Tutsi, Hutu and Twa apparently differed in appearance, they did not emphasize those distinctions within their culture and the only major distinction for them was their place in the social structure. And although each group had a regular place in that structure, no solid boundaries prevented any group from crossing into another. The Europeans emphasized the physical distinctions—height, size, facial features—and the conflict grew from those distinctions.
Another feature of the conflict that interested me is that the West failed in its attempt to make peace and in some cases even worsened the disagreement. The Arusha Accords turned out to be a complete failure in ending the conflict. The civil war appeared to end with the agreement, but the Hutu government thought that the agreement was meaningless. I read in another...
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