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Hotel Rwanda Essay

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Hotel Rwanda |
The Effects of Trauma on Victims |

In the movie Hotel Rwanda, the most memorable event was when Paul Rusesabagina found his fifteen year-old son, Roger hiding in the bushes of his neighbor’s backyard covered in blood.
This very tragic day on April 6, 1994 the Rwandan Genocide began against the Hutus and Tutsis. Many Tutsi neighbors had gathered at Paul’s house. They knew Paul was a Hutu, who had many public connections and influences in the community. In the midst of getting his guests settled, he realized that Roger was missing.
Roger decided to go next door to check on his best friend, Simon. He crawls through the bushes to the other ...view middle of the document...

All of these horrific acts were committed against their will. In addition, the “Tutsis were shot, speared, knifed, hacked to death with machetes, clubbed, raped, burned, blown up with grenades, chased with dogs, and drowned.” (Moffatt, 2010) “Tens of thousands of children lost their mothers and fathers. Thousands were victims of extreme brutality and rape. The impact of the Rwanda tragedy simply cannot be overstated.” (Rwanda: Ten years after the genocide, 2010) “In addition to the 800,000 men, women, and children who were murdered during the genocide, thousands were maimed, 300,000 children were orphaned, and 85,000 children were left as head of the household because their parents were killed.” (Moffatt, 2010) These Rwandan children have lost parents for numerous reasons: one or both parents were murdered during the genocide, many have died from AIDS and others are in prison for crimes related to their participation in the genocide.
Trauma is defined as a very difficult or unpleasant experience that could cause someone to have emotional, psychological, and/or physical symptoms for a period of time. “Children who have been traumatized see the world as a frightening and dangerous place. When childhood trauma is not resolved, this fundamental sense of fear and helplessness carries over into adulthood, setting the stage for further trauma.” (Lawrence Robinson, 2011)
Some examples of emotional and psychological symptoms of trauma are: shock, withdrawing from others, denial, feelings of sadness or hopelessness, anger,...

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