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The Armenian Genocide Our book, Forgotten Fire, by Adam Bagdasarian, is about a boy named Vahan Kenderian. Vahan is an Armenian boy, who loses his family during the Armenian Genocide. Vahan travels around his country, staying where ever he is welcome. Justice Book The Armenian Genocide Background Information Katie M. & Caroline M. The Armenian Genocide Methods of Extermination Vahan has 2 brothers and 2 sisters. The Armenian Genocide started on April 24th, 1915.(Recognize) This genocide coincided with World War One. (Recognize) Background Information The Rwandan Genocide The Rwandan Genocide started on April 6th, 1994 when a plane carrying president Cyprien Ntaryamira was shot down over Rwanda, Kigali killing the president. (History) The Rwandan Genocide was between the Hutu's and the Tutsi's. (World) Background Information Comparison Both of these genocides were one race against another. While the Rwandan Genocide was started because of a killed president, the Armenian Genocide was started because of the religion of the Armenians. (History and Recognize) Relevant Statistics The Armenian Genocide Houses Before War -2,200 houses
Houses half livable (post-war) -250 houses.
(Amenian National) Relevant Statistics The Rwandan Genocide Length of Genocide: 100 days (Global Youth) The Armenians were mainly killed through death marches. These marches consisted of walking for long periods of time without food or water. (Bagdasarian) Additional ways that Armenians were killed were through torture, starvation and direct killing. (Recognize) Estimate killed during the Genocide: 800,000 people (BBC) Relevant Statistics Rwandan genocide had less deaths then the Armenian genocide. In both genocides there were mass amounts of people who fled to neighboring countries. Government Involvement Comparison In both genocides the government did not try to stop the genocides after they started. Deportations/Massacres Armenian Genocide Deportations/Massacres Rwandan Genocide Deportations/Massacres Comparison Methods of Extermination Rwandan Genocide In the Rwandan Genocide, the government helped to start it, while in the Armenian Genocide the Turkish government felt threatened by the Armenians and started it. (Bagdasarian) Most Armenians were deported to Syria. (ANI) The Turk's went through Armenia and massacred all of the men. They then forced women and children into death marches. The Tutsi's were deported to the former Zaire, Tanzania, Uganda and Burundi. (World) The Tutsi's were massacred in the streets, as well as churches and schools. (Peace Pledge) In both of these genocides, death marches were used to deport people. In the Rwandan genocide, Tutsi's were deported to neighboring countries, while in the Armenian genocide the Armenians were deported to Syria. The Prime Minister of Rwanda, Agathe Uwilingiyimana, was killed along with her bodyguards because she was a not against the Tutsi's. (History) Most Rwandans were killed by machetes, guns, and grenades. (Peace Pledge) Reactions/Resistance Methods of Extermination Comparison In both of these genocides most of the men were just shot on the spot. In the Armenian genocide there were death marches, while in the Rwandan genocide most people were directly killed. The Armenian Genocide The Armenians made an effort to fight against the Turks many different ways. Other countries thought that the Armenian genocide should not have happened. Reactions/Resistance Rwandan Genocide During this Genocide both groups opposed each other, resulting in a more brutal genocide with thousands of Hutu's and Tutsi's murdered. (United) The Hutu were angry at the Tutsi even before the Presidents plane was shot down so, they used it as an excuse to start the genocide. (History) Reactions/Resistance Comparison In both genocides the people were determined to fight back There was less resistance in the Rwandan genocide than in the Armenian genocide. Liberation/Post-Genocide Armenian Genocide Liberation/Post-Genocide Rwandan Genocide After the genocide, many people were taken to court if they had taken part in the genocide. (Gendercide) Once the genocide was over, many people were still weak, tired, and poor (World without) Liberation/Post-Genocide Comparison In both genocides the people were left poor and hungry In the Rwandan Genocide, the people who led the genocide were punished, while in the Armenian genocide, the people who led the genocide were not punished. Most of the Armenians that survived fled to Syria and were later met with concentration camps (Armenian National Institute) Number of refugees: 2 million (World) Population before genocide: 84% of Rwandans were Hutu, 15% Tutsi and 1% Twa (Global Youth) 1 and a half million people killed during the Armenian Genocide. (Frequently) "From the province of Van came hundreds of Armenian women and children whose husbands and fathers had been killed and whose villages had been destroyed, not by the Russian army, but by the Turkish army-our own army." (Bagdasarian 17) Comparison "the Muslim Turks considered the Christian Armenians troublesome inferiors who were beneath the law" (Bagdasarian ix) The Turks felt threatened by the Armenians, even though they were only 1/9 of the Ottoman Empire (Bagdasarian) Government Involvement The Armenian Genocide The Turkish government started this genocide. (Recognize) The government also sent out officials to exterminate the Armenians. (Bagdasarian) Government Involvement The Rwandan Genocide This genocide was started because of a presidents death. (History) The Hutu's sent out their armys to kill the Tutsi's. (History) Sources: "Rwanda: How the Genocide Happened." BBC News. BBC, 18 Dec. 2008. Web. 25 Feb. 2013.
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