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Hotel Rwanda

By Murray Bourne, 21 Jan 2005

The movie "Hotel Rwanda" was profoundly disturbing.

Having institutionalised the ethnic distinction between Tutsi and Hutu based on skin colour, height, and width of noses, the Belgian colonists in the 1930s gave the minority Tutsi (lighter, taller) greater power and opportunities than the majority Hutu (darker, shorter). Years later, the jealousies boiled over into the genocide of almost a million people in 1994.

And what did the West do? They got their own people out and left the Rwandans to it. You see, there is no oil and no votes in Rwanda, so who cares?

A recommended movie - expect to be moved and challenged...

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