The genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda started on 7 April 1994. In a mere hundred days, three-quarters of the Tutsi minority was
exterminated. At the beginning of the massacres, the Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF) –the rebel movement that invaded the country in
October 1990 from Uganda and with Ugandan support– launched an offensive that gave it military victory in early July. As the Hutu
extremists had massively killed Tutsi “live” on television, these were the “bad guys”, while those who fought them, the RPF rebels,
had to be the “good guys”. Few observers realised in these days that this was not a conflict between “good” and “bad” guys, but one
between “bad guys”.
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