Creating an outline: Rwanda Genocide

by Kpatti on February 2, 2016 - 9:01am

  1. Topic and Justification 

      The topic of this paper is the genocide in Rwanda, Africa. This paper will be analytical. It will be describing and discussing the past events that led up to the devastating mass murder as well as discussing the effects that it had on the generation that suffered through this and how it effected the society and economy. Lastly, the paper will suggest solutions to this issue as well as discussing what has already been done.   


   The genocide in Rwanda is a social issue because there was a mass murder of a specific culture/race. After this event occurred many discussed the terrible actions and it can be concluded that a big portion of the population believes that that genocide and what occurred within it was a problem. 


     After the genocide, many children were left to fend for them selves; approximately 400,000 children were orphaned because both parents had been murdered (Kaplan 92).  Many of the children that lived through the genocide witnessed close family members die in front of them; this caused many of them to develop psychological issues (Kaplan 94).  Furthermore, individuals who did survive the genocide were infected with HIV, a great number of the community having been raped in a violent manner by the Hutus were diagnosed with HIV.  This resulted in more death because there were no treatments available for the individuals in need (Mandelhaum-Schmid  472).  



  1. 2-3 main areas of interest 

  1. Living in a society where the majority defines the minority as ‘cockroaches’ how does it affect the dynamics and relationship between the two groups after the damage has occurred? (Sociology)  

  1. How does it affect an individuals’ mind after having encountered an event that was at that scale? (Psychology)   




   The genocide in Rwanda can be seen from an individual level, seeing as many were involved and one specific group was being targeted (the Tutsis). The genocide can also be seen from a family perspective, adults from the same families were plotted against each other.  It can also been seen in a communal perspective, these two societies Hutus and Tutsis have lived by one another for centuries and the genocide ruined the peace that was kept amongst them.  Lastly, it can be seen from a governmental point of view, both from the United Nations view as well as the government that was set in place in Africa in that time period. 



Kaplan, S. (2013). Child survivors of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide and trauma-related affect. Journal of Social Issues, 69(1), 92-110. Doi10.1111/josi.12005 


Mandelhaum-Schmid, J. (2004). Rwandan genocide survivors in need of HIV treatment. Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 82(6), 472. Retrieved from Academic Search Elite database.



The Rwandan genocide is a very interesting topic that not many people are really informed about. It will be very interesting to learn the impact that genocide had on the youth of the country. I really like that you are not only looking at the events that preceded the genocide but also the consequences it had on the country. I also find the first question you asked concerning sociology very interesting since it really focuses on the problems a bad group dynamic can cause.
Great work!

I think this is a topic that you could certainly shed some more light on. I like that you have a broad and diverse focus and that your research might be able to help find some solutions not only to problems still existing in Rwanda, but in other countries that have been similarly affected. I did a project on that genocide last semester and I have to warn you that it can sometimes be tough to navigate through all of the information as it is a very complex topic. Also, I would just like to mention that it would be better not to use the term ''race'' and that not only Tutsis, but also some moderate Hutus, as well as Twa were affected by thoses events.

This is a very interesting subject! In fact, I think it is important to talk about these events to make sure they don't happen again. I really like the fact that you are talking about the orphaned children since they are one of the many reasons why it was a tragedy. What you could do, is explain the difference between the Tutsis and the Hutus and why they were separate groups. This will help the reader to further understand the historical tensions between both groups. Also, what could be interesting is mentioning how the help never really got to Rwanda until it was too late. Overall, I think you really are on the right track!! Keep up the good work!

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