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 (to͞ot′sē) also Wa·tut·si (wä-) or Wa·tu·si (-to͞o′-)
n. pl. Tutsi or Tut·sis also Watutsi or Wa·tut·sis or Watusi or Wa·tu·sis
A member of a Bantu-speaking people inhabiting Rwanda and Burundi.



n, pl -si or -sis
(Peoples) a member of a people of Rwanda and Burundi, probably a Nilotic people


(ˈtut si)

n., pl. -sis, (esp. collectively) -si.
a member of a tall-statured, traditionally pastoral people of the kingdoms W of Lake Victoria in E Africa: a ruling caste in these kingdoms and in the modern successor states of Rwanda until 1961 and Burundi up to the present.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Tutsi - a member of a Bantu speaking people living in Rwanda and BurundiTutsi - a member of a Bantu speaking 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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Debemos recordar que las filas del EPR no se componian exclusivamente de tutsi y por tanto, el ataque de la Intahamwe y el ejercito ruandes no fue exclusivamente contra un enemigo etnica y culturalmente diferente que lo amenazaba, sino contra un grupo que de hecho si era una amenaza pero para su estancia en el poder.
After all those terrible stories, I was thinking once again how lucky I am that I was born just a generic human and not a Hutu or a Tutsi Enjoying the dirt roads along the shores of Lake Kivu.
Frances role in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi was evoked today at a commemoration event to mourn and remember over 50,000 Tutsi who perished at the former ETO Murambi in Nyamagabe District.
Munyakazi also ordered Hutu militiamen to hunt down Tutsi civilians in Kayanzi in the south, according to Jean-Damascene Bizimana, executive secretary of Rwanda's National Commission for the Fight Against Genocide.
The 100-day massacre carried out from April 7 to mid-July was incited by the majority Hutu-led government and left hundreds of thousands of people dead, mostly among the minority Tutsi population.
Scholastique Mukasonga lived the ethnic conflicts in Rwanda and lost twenty-seven of her family members as a result of the Tutsi genocide, while being forced to take refuge in France.
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.
In the late 1950s the pan-ethnic political reform movements changed into "a mission to empower the Hutu masses over and against a perceived Tutsi oligarchy" (3).
One of her father's best friends was a Tutsi named Mudenge.
During their harrowing journey by river toward Burundi, Deo is murdered by the Tutsi Rwandan Patriotic Force (RPF) who take Faustin to a refugee camp from where he is sent to live with his uncle in Washington, D.
Ethnic competition for control of the state; as Hutu and Tutsi groups fought for power engaging themselves in acts of cruelty and oppression one towards the other.