Collapse - Chapter 10: Malthus in Africa: Rwanda’s Genocide Summary & Analysis

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The rate of population growth in Africa is among the highest in the world. The impact of that growth on the environment is readily apparent. Grass in the pastures is sparse, advanced erosion is apparent and streams are brown with run-off mud. The continent is healthier than in the past with improved hygiene and health practices, antibiotics and control of endemic diseases. Many of the nations in Africa are experiencing population explosions without the increase in food supplies to match.

Rwanda and its neighbor Burundi were experiencing population growth, ethnic violence and genocide. They are among the most densely populated states in the world. The populations of both countries consist of two tribes – the Hutu and the Tutsi. The Hutu are farmers while the Tutsi are pastoralists. Colonial governments in Germany and Belgium considered the Tutsi to be...

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