One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A member of a people forming a minority of the population of Rwanda and Burundi but who formerly dominated the Hutu majority. Historical antagonism between the peoples led in 1994 to large-scale ethnic violence, especially in Rwanda.
- ‘As in Rwanda, the fighting in Burundi pits the ethnic minority Tutsi against the majority Hutu.’
- ‘She says her parents were Tutsis, an ethnic minority in Rwanda.’
- ‘The warring Hutus and Tutsis of Rwanda speak the one language.’
- ‘Altogether some 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus are estimated to have been killed in Rwanda's genocide.’
- ‘During the 1994 genocide, extremist Hutus massacred minority Tutsis and moderate Hutus.’
Relating to the Tutsi.
- ‘The Burundian army said it was braced for further attacks on Tutsi refugee camps.’
- ‘Driven into exile, Tutsi children formed the rebel Rwandan Patriotic Front.’
- ‘Hundreds of displaced Tutsi civilians sought refuge at the bureau communal.’
- ‘Traditionally, male Tutsi children are given extensive training in public speaking, storytelling, traditional dances, and military skills.’
- ‘However, this Tutsi victory occurred at a great cost in human lives.’
A local name. See also Watusi.
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