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nounPlural Bahutu, Plural Hutus
A member of a Bantu-speaking people forming the majority population in Rwanda and Burundi. They are traditionally a farming people, and were historically dominated by the Tutsi people; the antagonism between the peoples led in 1994 to large-scale ethnic violence, especially in Rwanda.
- ‘Tutsis and Hutus remain the two main ethnic groups.’
- ‘The demarcation line between Hutus and Tutsis was then blurred, and clear ethnic categories had not developed.’
- ‘The Hutus and Tutsis have a longstanding history of ethnic differences, which has split not only Burundi, but extends into Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.’
- ‘Altogether some 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus are estimated to have been killed in Rwanda's genocide.’
- ‘Tensions between the Tutsis and the Hutus, the two largest ethnic groups in Rwanda, had been simmering for years.’
Relating to the Hutu.
- ‘However, he has convinced the area that he is the most important Hutu leader and the most credible representative of his people.’
- ‘And there is still one Hutu rebel group that refused to join the peace process.’
- ‘Burundian officials and witnesses said the Burundian rebels were accompanied by Hutu extremists based in Congo.’
- ‘Officials blamed Hutu extremists from across the border in the Democratic Republic of Congo.’
- ‘After the defeat of the regime two million Hutu refugees fled to neighbouring countries fearing retribution.’
A local name.
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