During the 20th anniversary of 1994 genocide, Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame condemned Belgium and France for their political involvement in the genocide, and accused French soldiers of being accomplices in the massacre that left at least 800,000 people dead.
UN Human Rights Commission report in 1996 said that rape was systematically used as a weapon after which the victims were killed. It was the rule, and its absence, an exception. It is impossible to estimate the number of, women raped and children born of rape since discussions on it are still a taboo.
The gacaca, the grass roots tribunals that tried 2 million alleged perpetrators between 2001 and 2012 encouraged the survivors to open up about rape. This also helped expose some incidents kept secret by the survivors.
Children born of rape face rejection by, the community and families of their parents and are witness to continuous trauma suffered by their mothers. Besides, since they were born post December 31, 1994, they are not considered survivors and are hence not eligible for govt assistance with their studies the National Assistance Fund for the Needy Survivors of Genocide (FARG)
Survivors’ association such as Ibuka, and NGOs such as Survivor Fund (SURF) are helping the rape victims and their families move towards a better life.
- UN Human Rights Commission (UNHRC)
- Non Governmental Organisation (NGO)
- Grass Root Tribunal