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13.02.2017 15:48 Age: 186 days

Rwandans should continue to help each other in the fight against trauma

Twenty-three years after the Genocide against the Tutsi ended, many of its consequences persist, prolonging the misery of survivors. These include disease, homelessness, and poverty, amongst others. One of the most pernicious consequences of the Genocide is trauma, which affects many survivors, and for some, is so severe that it prevents them from working or enjoying life.

For this reason, the National Commission for the Fight against Genocide (CNLG) urges Rwandans to help each other in the fight against trauma in order to heal the psychological wounds left by the Genocide.

Speaking to Genocide survivors in the village of Uruyange, in Gatunga cell, Nduba sector, on 9 February 2017, Joseph Karangwa, the CNLG employee in charge of advocating for survivors, explained the causes of trauma and symptoms of trauma, and how to help traumatized individuals. He also explained how survivors could form groups to help each other in the fight against trauma, reducing the loneliness that many of those traumatized feel, and increasing their self-confidence.

Research conducted by Dr Naasson Munyandamutsa in 2009 showed that 28.54% of Rwandans suffer from trauma related to the 1994  Genocide against the Tutsi, and that many of those traumatized also suffer from additional mental illnesses.

The lecture in Uruyange was one of a series that the CNLG has organized in different villages across the country.