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n. pl. Hutu or Hu·tus
A member of a Bantu people inhabiting Rwanda and Burundi.


n, pl -tu or -tus
(Peoples) a member of a Negroid people of Rwanda and Burundi


(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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RPF even attacked the Hutu refugee camps in the neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo.
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.
Hutu resentment of the Tutsi bubbled to the surface in the form of a social revolution by the 1950s.
Members of the Hutu tribe - mostly security forces and militias - backed by a Hutu-majority government used machetes to slaughter men, women and children of the Tutsi ethnic group, sometimes torching entire buildings with Tutsis hiding inside.
Carney states that the Catholic Church in the 1950s represents the resurgence and ultimate triumph of the "church from below," formed by the first Rwandese converts who came from the ranks of Hutu peasants and marginalized petit Tutsis.
Angelique Umugwaneza, a Hutu, was 13 at the time it happened in 1994.
Discovering the corpses of his parents, Faustin flees from machete-wielding Hutus with Deo, who has run from the Hutu "interahamwe" to which he was forced to belong.
Politics of innocence; Hutu identity, conflict, and camp life.
Cote was referring to the 1994 genocide where Hutu extremists butchered an estimated 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus.
France, Daniela Kroslak claims, continued to label the ensuing confrontation between Hutu and Tutsi a civil war even when it was clear that the genocidal activity that followed deserved more than the insistent French demands for a cease-fire.
It is alleged that France had played an active role in training and arming the Hutu militias and troops who led massacres of Tutsis and moderate Hutus in 1994.