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August 29, 2011

Tutsi probably differ genetically from the Hutu


Paul Kagame with Barack and Michelle Obama

I first heard about Rwanda in the 1980s in relation to Dian Fossey’s work with mountain gorillas. The details around this were tragic enough, but obviously what happened in 1994 washed away the events dramatized in Gorillas in the Mist in terms of their scale and magnitude. That period was a time when the idea of “ancient hatreds” leading to internecine conflict was in the air. It was highlighted by the series of wars in the former Yugoslavia, and the Tutsi-Hutu civil wars in Rwanda, Burundi, and Congo. Of the latter the events in 1994 in Rwanda were only the most prominent and well known.

After having read Dancing in the Glory of Monsters: The Collapse of the Congo and the Great War of Africa I am relatively conscious of the broader canvas of what occurred in Central and East Africa in the 1990s. Not only was there a conflict between Tutsi and Hutu in Rwanda, but a similar dynamic also flared up in Burundi. The tensions are more complex in Congo and Uganda, in large ...

July 2, 2011

Rwanda vs. Burundi

Filed under: Burundi,Data Analysis,Rwanda — Razib Khan @ 1:51 pm

Reading Dancing in the Glory of Monsters: The Collapse of the Congo and the Great War of Africa. Rwanda looms large in the narrative. Out of curiosity I wanted to use Google Data Explorer to compare Rwanda to Burundi. The two nations are almost mirror images in various demographic statistics (e.g., ratio of Tutsi to Hutu, etc.), with the main difference between that Rwanda experienced a period of populist Hutu domination between the 1960s and the genocide.


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