The missile that struck a plane killing the then president of Rwanda, Juvenal Habyarimana who was Hutu, sparked the Rwandan genocide 17 years ago. For 17 years, it has been thought that the Tutsis, a minority group who were the victims of the genocide, launched the missile that killed Habyarimana. However, according to the latest report on the ongoing investigation, the missile was fired from a Hutu camp, not a Tutsi.
If this is true, knowing this 17 years ago could have changed the fate of 800,000+ people. Now I understand it might not have changed anything. The Hutu/Tutsi tension was mounting prior to this because of the change in power from the minority Tutsi to the majority Hutu (and for other reasons). But the death of Habyarimana was what “broke the camel’s back” and began the crusade against Tutsis.
If only we knew that 17 years ago. If this is true, it would have changed a lot. Perhaps some of the 800,000 people who were murdered during the 100 day genocide would still be alive today.