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15.02.2017 18:28 Age: 184 days

CNLG begins trauma lecture series for Genocide survivors

Trauma, one of longest-lasting consequences of the Genocide perpetrated against the Tutsi in Rwanda in 1994, still exists 23 years later. It is one of the major obstacles to the survival and socio-economic advancement of Genocide survivors.

It is for this reason that the National Commission for the Fight against Genocide (CNLG) is organizing lectures to train survivors of the Genocide to assist trauma sufferers, including themselves.

Speaking to Genocide survivors living in the village of Rusheshe, in Rusheshe cell, Masaka Sector, on 14 February 2017, Karangwa Joseph, the CNLG employee in charge of advocating for survivors, explained to his audience the symptoms of trauma and how to assist those suffering from it.

In the same presentation, he explained that it is necessary to confide in others about their experiences during the Genocide. Karangwa advised confiding in trustworthy friends and family members, because it allows survivors to unburden themselves, reduce their sense of loneliness, and decrease the frequency and severity of symptoms of trauma, while boosting their self-confidence.

According to Karangwa, The Circle of Words is "an important exercise during which the survivors meet in a restricted group where each one speaks about what happened to him during the Genocide. This helps survivors to accept their pasts, as they may hear similar stories from others, which lend a sense of perspective.”

The CNLG will organize many such lectures in different villages across the country.