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What are some ethnic groups in Rwanda?

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cola117 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 14, 2013 at 1:58 AM via web

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What are some ethnic groups in Rwanda?

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michuraisin | Student , College Junior | Salutatorian

Posted October 14, 2013 at 4:51 AM (Answer #1)

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The breakdown of the ethnic groups in Rwanda are

Hutu-84%

Tutsi-15%

Twa-1%

The Hutus and Tutsis have been known to have a rather tumultuous relationship in their history. Some regard the two major groups as different races, while others suggest they are just different classes. Probably the most notorious event in Rwanda's history was the Rwanda Genocide, where maybe close to a million Tutsis were killed by the majority Hutus between April to July 1994.

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alejandrogalarce | Student , Undergraduate | Valedictorian

Posted October 15, 2013 at 4:41 AM (Answer #2)

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The most prevalent ethnic groups in Rwandaare the Hutus(about 85% of the population), the Tutsis(14%), and the Twa(1%). Starting with the Tutsi feudal monarchy rule of the Tenth century, the Hutus were a subjugated social group. It was not until Belgian colonization that the tensions between the Hutus and Tutsis became focused on race, the Belgians propagating the myth that Tutsis were the superior ethnicity. The resulting tensions would eventually foster the slaughtering of Tutsis in the Rwandan genocide. Since then, government policy has changed to recognize one main ethnicity: "Rwandan".

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laurto | Student , Grade 10 | eNoter

Posted February 1, 2014 at 11:32 PM (Answer #3)

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The ethnic groups of Rwanda are Hulu, Tutsi, ans Twa. The breakdown of the ethnic groups are are follows:

  • 84% Hulu
  • 15% Tutsi
  • 1% Twa

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