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Rwanda’S Economic Analysis

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Autor:  anton  15 April 2011
Tags:  Rwandas,  Economic,  Analysis
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Rwanda’s economic analysis

Rwanda’s economy has struggled to escape poverty since the existence of the country. The agricultural sector of the country is the main source of income. Coffee, tea and minerals are the main export crops and make up 80% of Rwanda’s foreign exchange. The genocide of 1994 further dampened any economic hopes of the country prospering out of poverty. Over one million civilians were killed and about 30% of the population was displaced.

The prevention of the genocide in Rwanda is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the countries name. One of the main reasons Rwanda was neglected during the crisis was due to the fact that most countries didn’t have any ties to the country and would not benefit or gain anything from helping Rwanda. Three of the United Nations five permanent members (U.S., China and France) did not have any need to help with the genocide. In fact, of the big three, China and France actually funded the Rwanda government with arms so in retrospect the two countries actually fueled the genocide instead of preventing it. Although France and China helped engage the genocide, the United States is far from innocent in this matter. The U.S., being the hegemony that it is, could have disrupted the genocide with even the smallest interference but the super power had no economic interest in Rwanda and actually prevented other countries from helping Rwanda. After Rwanda’s independence in 1962, the international community failed to recognize that the country was set up for failure and the possibility of genocide was very high. It is hard to believe that the United States could have possibly prevented the genocide from taking place by simply making equipment available to the United Nations. The U.S. was the only country at the time that was able to block or jam radio waves to prevent the spread of hate propaganda in Rwanda. As the leader goes so do the followers and once the U.S. neglected Rwanda, other countries did as well. The U.S. eventually gave a helping hand albeit not willingly and further delayed the intervention force a couple of months from preventing more lives lost.

Rwanda as a country has endured physical and psychological damage from what has happen throughout its existence. The prevention of genocide happening again is highly probable but it will take aid and help from other countries to do so. Since radios are the main source of propaganda in Rwanda, officials should begin to monitor the radio waves to ensure no hateful messages or hate propaganda will lead another ethnic group to start another crisis. It is easier said than done but the United Nations failure to recognize the genocide of 1994 will ensure that history doesn’t repeat itself. Rwanda has been granted permission from the United Nations to try Rwandan criminals in their own country which will help lead to some sort of economic structure that Rwanda is in desperate need of.

Works Cited

1. http://www.trincoll.edu/~thyde2/rwanda_prevention.htm

2. http://www.unpei.org/PDF/Rwanda-Economic-Analysis.pdf



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