The Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda

 USC Shoah Foundation
Grade Level:
  8 -  10
Estimated completion time:
 1.5 hour(s)
Standards Addressed:
 ISTE NETS, Common Core
Subject Area:
 History, Civics & Government, Genocide Studies, Holocaust & Genocide Studies, World History, Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda

From April to July 1994, one of the most brutal genocides in human history occurred in Rwanda. It claimed the lives of 800,000 men, women and children, most of whom were of Tutsi descent.

The Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda, as the United Nations Security Council agreed it should be known as in January 2014, shared characteristics with other genocides that came before and after it.

Through this activity, students will learn about the history of the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda specifically, the history of genocide generally, and the stages of genocide. They will also be introduced to testimony of eyewitnesses who survived.

This activity was originally constructed for use in classroom pilots in Kigali, Rwanda with colleagues from the Kigali Genocide Memorial. It is now being made available to students all around the world.

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