Anyone found to be with a Tutsi were killed on the spot5.
However, Tutsi members weren’t the only ones killed, Hutu members showing mercyin any form were also killed. As the killings started to occur in thenorthwestern part of Rwanda the RPF started to get things slightly undercontrol near the end of April in the areas of Kigali and Byumba. But what couldthe RPF do there now, all the Tutsi civilians were now dead. On June 23th,about 2500 United Nations soldiers entered the southwestern part of Rwanda tocarry out Opération Turquoise. Although the mission wasn’t very successful it wasintended to try and stop the violence and create a safe zone for the remainingTutsi members. In July, the RPF had gotten control of the country, excludingthe area used by the Opération Turquoise soldiers.
The genocide ended on July18th, when the RPF took control of the northwestern part of Rwanda.Once the Tutsi had got control over the country, the Hutus fled to Burunadi,Tanzania, and Uganda. SexualViolence Throughout theRwandan genocide about half a million Tutsi women were raped, sexuallymutilated, or murdered. However, these rapes aren’t the type of rapes you hearabout in Canada. They were sexually assaulted one on one rape, gang raped,forced to serve as sex slaves, and were forced to marry their rapist. The womenwho married their rapist were forced to stay with them even after the genocide.
Along with the rape of Tutsi women, any Hutu women found to be married to aTutsi or was hiding a Tutsi was also raped. Hutu men who had HIV actually usedit as a weapon by raping women so that the virus could be transmitted. Also,although rape did occur in the in the victims’ houses, it commonly took placein public when the women could be seen naked in front of everyone. TheInternational Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, which was an international courtestablished in 1994 by the United Nations to find and decide who the leaders ofthe Rwandan genocide, handed down its first conviction for the use of rapeduring a civil war. The goal of the Hutu members against Tutsi women was to destroy,in whole or in part, a particular ethnic group, this was the first timegenocidal rape was committed. Someone falls under this conviction if they takepart in any of the following:a) Killingmembers of the group;b) Causingserious bodily or mental harm to the members of the group;c) Deliberatelyinflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about itsphysical destruction in whole or part; d) Imposingmeasures intended to prevent births within the group;e) Forciblytransferring children of the group to another group. These half a million rapes were done by the Interahamwe, which is a Hutusemi-militarized organization, the Rwandan military, and regular Hutucivilians.
The mass amount of rapes were lead by political and military leaderas a part of their goal to make the Tutsi members suffer.