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The Hutu {{IPAc-en|ˈ|h|uː|t|uː}}, also known as the Abahutu, are a Bantu ethnic or social group native to the African Great Lakes region of Africa, an area now primarily in Burundi and Rwanda. They mainly live in Rwanda, Burundi, and the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, where they form one of the principal ethnic groups alongside the Tutsi and the Twa.


The Hutu is the largest of the four main population divisions in Burundi and Rwanda. According to the Central Intelligence Agency, 84% of Rwandans and 85% of Burundians are Hutu, with Tutsis the next largest ethnic group at 15% and 14% of residents in Rwanda and Burundi, respectively.WEB,weblink accessdate = 2006-10-31, CIA World Factbook writersThe World Factbook>CIA World Factbook, WEB,weblink accessdate = 2006-10-31 publisher = CIA World Factbook, The Twa pygmies, the smallest of the two countries' principal populations, also share language and culture with the Hutu and Tutsi. However, they are distinguished by a considerably shorter stature.ENCYCLOPEDIA,weblink Twa, 2006-11-01, Encyclopædia Britannica writers, Encyclopædia Britannica, WEB,weblink 1999, The Meaning of "Hutu," "Tutsi," and "Twa"Human Rights Watch> accessdate=2006-10-31,


The Hutu are believed to have first emigrated to the Great Lake region from Central Africa in the great Bantu expansion.JOURNAL, 10.1086/382286, 1182266, The Levant versus the Horn of Africa: Evidence for Bidirectional Corridors of Human Migrations, 14973781, 2004, Luis, J, Rowold, D, Regueiro, M, Caeiro, B, Cinnioglu, C, Roseman, C, Underhill, P, Cavallisforza, L, Herrera, R, The American Journal of Human Genetics, 74, 3, 532–44, Various theories have emerged to explain the purported physical differences between them and their fellow Bantu-speaking neighbors, the Tutsi. These pastoralists were then reckoned to have established aristocracies over the sedentary Hutu and Twa. Through intermarriage with the local Bantus, the herders were gradually assimilated culturally, linguistically and racially.International Institute of African Languages and Cultures, Africa, Volume 76, (Oxford University Press., 2006), pg 135.Others suggest that the two groups are related but not identical, and that differences between them were exacerbated by Europeans,WEB,weblink Sexual Violence and Genocide Against Tutsi Women, 2007-01-03, Vernellia R., Randall, 2006-02-16, University of Dayton, or by a gradual, natural split, as those who owned cattle became known as Tutsi and those who did not became Hutu. Mahmood Mamdani states that the Belgian colonial power designated people as Tutsi or Hutu on the basis of cattle ownership, physical measurements and church records.Mahmood Mamdani (2001) When Victims Become Killers: Colonialism, Nativism, and the Genocide in Rwanda, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University PressThe debate over the ethnic origins of the Hutu and Tutsi within Rwandan politics predates the Rwandan genocide, and continues to the present dayNewbury, Catharine. “Ethnicity and the Politics of History in Rwanda.” Africa Today, vol. 45, no. 1, 1998. JSTOR,; with the government of Rwanda no longer using the distinction.


Y-DNA (paternal lineages)

Modern-day genetic studies of the Y-chromosome suggest that the Hutu, like the Tutsi, are largely of Bantu extraction (83% E1b1a, 8% E2). Paternal genetic influences associated with the Horn of Africa and North Africa are few (3% E1b1b and 1% R1b), and are ascribed to much earlier inhabitants who were assimilated. However, the Hutu have considerably fewer Nilo-Saharan paternal lineages (4.3% B) than the Tutsi (14.9% B).Luis, J. R.; et al. (2004). "The Levant versus the Horn of Africa: Evidence for Bidirectional Corridors of Human Migrations". American Journal of Human Genetics 74 (3): 532–544. {{doi|10.1086/382286}}. {{PMC|1182266}}. {{PMID|14973781}}. (Errata)

Autosomal DNA (overall ancestry)

In general, the Hutu appear to share a close genetic kinship with neighboring Bantu populations, particularly the Tutsi. However, it is unclear whether this similarity is primarily due to extensive genetic exchanges between these communities through intermarriage or whether it ultimately stems from common origins:[...]generations of gene flow obliterated whatever clear-cut physical distinctions may have once existed between these two Bantu peoples – renowned to be height, body build, and facial features. With a spectrum of physical variation in the peoples, Belgian authorities legally mandated ethnic affiliation in the 1920s, based on economic criteria. Formal and discrete social divisions were consequently imposed upon ambiguous biological distinctions. To some extent, the permeability of these categories in the intervening decades helped to reify the biological distinctions, generating a taller elite and a shorter underclass, but with little relation to the gene pools that had existed a few centuries ago. The social categories are thus real, but there is little if any detectable genetic differentiation between Hutu and Tutsi.Joseph C. Miller (ed.), New Encyclopedia of Africa, Volume 2, Dakar-Hydrology, Charles Scribner's Sons (publisher).Tishkoff et al. (2009) found their mixed Hutu and Tutsi samples from Rwanda to be predominately of Bantu origin, with minor gene flow from Afro-Asiatic communities (17.7% Afro-Asiatic genes found in the mixed Hutu/Tutsi population).Michael C. Campbell, Sarah A. Tishkoff, African Genetic Diversity: Implications for Human Demographic History, Modern Human Origins, and Complex Disease Mapping, Annual Review of Genomics and Human Genetics Vol. 9 (Volume publication date September 2008)(doi:10.1146/annurev.genom.9.081307.164258weblink


File:Hutu.jpg|thumb|right|50px|A traditional Hutu throwing knifethrowing knifeHutus speak Rwanda-Rundi as their native tongue, which is a member of the Bantu subgroup of the Niger–Congo language family. Rwanda-Rundi is subdivided into the Kinyarwanda and Kirundi dialects, which have been standardized as official languages of Rwanda and Burundi respectively. It is also spoken as a mother tongue by the Tutsi and Twa.Additionally, many Hutu speak French, the other official language of Rwanda and Burundi, as a lingua franca.

Post-colonial history

File:Children in Virunga National Park.jpg|thumb|Hutu and other Rwandan children in Virunga National ParkVirunga National Park{{Hutu militants}}The Belgian-sponsored Tutsi monarchy survived until 1959, when Kigeli V was exiled from the colony (then called Ruanda-Urundi). In Burundi, Tutsis, who are the minority, maintained control of the government and military. In Rwanda, the political power was transferred from the minority Tutsi to the majority Hutu.Adekunle, Julius. 2007. Culture and Customs of Rwanda. P.17In Rwanda, this led to the "Social revolution" and Hutu violence against Tutsis. Tens of thousands of Tutsis were killed and many others fled to neighboring countries, such as Burundi, Uganda and expanding the Banyamulenge Tutsi ethnic group in the South Kivu region of the Belgian Congo. Later, exiled Tutsis from Burundi invaded Rwanda, prompting Rwanda to close its border with Burundi.In Burundi, a campaign of genocide was conducted against Hutu population in 1972,Michael Bowen, Passing by;: The United States and genocide in Burundi, 1972, (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1973), 49 ppRené Lemarchand, Selective genocide in Burundi (Report - Minority Rights Group; no. 20, 1974), 36 pp.Rene Lemarchand, Burundi: Ethnic Conflict and Genocide (New York: Woodrow Wilson Center and Cambridge University Press, 1996), 232 pp.

and an estimated 100,000 Hutus died.Rwanda 1994: Genocide + Politicide, Christian Davenport and Allan Stam In 1993, Burundi's first democratically elected president, Melchior Ndadaye, who was Hutu, was believed to be assassinated by Tutsi officers, as was the person constitutionally entitled to succeed him.International Commission of Inquiry for Burundi: Final Report. Part III: Investigation of the Assassination. Conclusions at {{webarchive|url= |date=2008-12-01 }}
This sparked a genocide in Burundi between Hutu political structures and the Tutsi military, in which an estimated 500,000 Burundians died.{{Citation needed|date=July 2008}} There were many mass killings of Tutsis and moderate Hutus; these events were deemed genocide by the United Nations International Commission of Inquiry for Burundi.International Commission of Inquiry for Burundi (2002)While Tutsi remained in control of Burundi, the conflict resulted in genocide in Rwanda as well.WEB,weblink 1999, The Hutu Revolution, Human Rights Watch, 2006-10-31, A Tutsi rebel group, the Rwandan Patriotic Front, invaded Rwanda from Uganda, which started a civil war against Rwanda's Hutu government in 1990. A peace agreement was signed, but violence erupted again, culminating in the Rwandan genocide of 1994, when Hutu extremists killedWEB,weblink Timeline of the genocide, 2006-12-30, PBS, an estimated 800,000 Rwandans, mostly Tutsis.NEWS, How the genocide happened,weblink BBC, 2004-04-01, 2006-10-31, About 30% of the Twa pygmy population of Rwanda were also killed by the Hutus.NEWS, Minorities Under Siege: Pygmies today in Africa,weblink UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, 2006, 2006-12-11, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 2006-12-01, At the same time, the Rwandan Patriotic Front took control of the country and is still the ruling party {{as of|2015|lc=1}}. Burundi is also currently governed by a former rebel group, the Hutu CNDD-FDD.As of 2006, violence between the Hutu and Tutsi had subsided, but the situation in both Rwanda and Burundi was still tense, and tens of thousands of Rwandans were still living outside the country (see Great Lakes refugee crisis).

See also


{{Reflist|33em}}{{Ethnic groups in Burundi}}{{Ethnic groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo}}{{Ethnic groups in Rwanda}}{{Ethnic groups in Tanzania}}{{Authority control}}

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