ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Economic Genocide in Rwanda

Michel Chossudovsky Unlike the picture painted in international media, the Rwandan crisis was not solely due to tribal hatred but also because of the economic collapse under the austerity measures imposed by the IMF and the World Bank THE Rwandan crisis has been presented by the western media as a profuse narrative of hunwn suffering while carefully neglecting to explain the underlying social and economic causes. As in other 'countries in transition', ethnic strife and the outbreak of civil war are increasingly depicted as something which is almost 'inevitable' and 'innate to these societies' constituting 'a painful stage in theirevolution from a one-party state towards democracy and the free market'... The brutality of the massacres has shocked the world community! but what the international press fails to mention is that the civil war was preceded by the flare-up of a deep- seated economic crisis. It was the restructuring of the agricultural system which precipitated the population into abject poverty and destitution.

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