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n. pl. Hutu or Hu·tus
A member of a Bantu people inhabiting Rwanda and Burundi.
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n, pl -tu or -tus
(Peoples) a member of a Negroid people of Rwanda and Burundi
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(ˈhu tu)

n., pl. -tus, (esp. collectively) -tu.
a member of the majority population group of the kingdoms W of Lake Victoria in E Africa.
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Noun1.Hutu - a member of a Bantu people living in Rwanda and Burundi
Burundi, Republic of Burundi - a landlocked republic in east central Africa on the northeastern shore of Lake Tanganyika
Ruanda, Rwanda, Rwandese Republic - a landlocked republic in central Africa; formerly a German colony
Bantu - a member of any of a large number of linguistically related peoples of Central and South Africa
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The flood of Hutu, fleeing the country as well as their own guilt and fear of revenge, "broke all refugee records; it was the fastest and largest exodus ever recorded.
THE 1994 GENOCIDE, one of the worst mass slaughters in recorded history, was triggered by the assassination of Rwanda's Hutu president, after a lengthy civil war between the Hutu-led government and the Tutsi-dominated Rwandan Patriotic Front.
The situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the scene of a complex and devastating war involving six nations, two Congolese rebel groups, local Congolese militias, and Rwandan and Burundian Hutu rebels.
Hardline Hutu tribesmen used the incident as a pretext to attack rival Tutsis.
The crash of the plane was described by a Rwandan official as being "like pouring fuel on a burning house." The country exploded into genocidal conflict between the Hutu and the rival Tutsi, who had been out of power in Rwanda but who had established a base in neighboring Uganda from which they had been launching attacks against the regime that had ousted them.
Protected by her Hutu status, Monica had to watch as her Tutsi children were slaughtered by their uncles.
representatives of the Hutu majority killed the Tutsi minority and Hutu
It was on that day that Grace along with a few of her siblings and relatives were accidentally reunited and went into hiding before being ambushed by the Hutu militia.
The Hutu majority government oversaw the mass slaughter of Tutsi people.
He has been praised for bringing economic stability to the country following the 1994 genocide, in which some 800,00 ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed by Hutu extremists.
The linguistics professor, who had lived for 12 years in the US, is considered by Rwandan prosecutors as one of the key ideologists of the genocide in which Hutu extremists killed 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus in 1994.
The army is being purged of Tutsis, and the very same language used by the Hutus in the run-up to the Rwanda genocide is now being used by Nkurunziza's Hutu backers in Burundi.