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DGPR Calls for Social and Economic support to Genocide Survivors, especially: RAPE victims, Youth born out of Rape and Survivor Divorced Women.

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The Democratic Green Party of Rwanda joins all Rwandans in the 24th commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. We stand in unison with the nation and genocide survivors in the fight against genocide denial and the spread of genocide ideology.

DGPR would like to take on this opportunity to call upon the Rwandan Government and all concerned stakeholders to add more efforts in social and economic support programs to rape victims, children born out of rape, divorced women and all genocide survivors. 

Government needs to address trauma problems in the survivor families, since most are still struggling to have shelter, food, education and lack employment opportunities.   

DGPR calls upon Local government entities to pay special attention to genocide survivors and address the challenges faced on community level. They need to be sensitized on their rights, like access to medical care outside the country, and so on.

Stereotyping of children born out of rape during the genocide should also stop. They have been given names such as, ‘abana b’interahamwe- kids of Interahamwe, abana b’amateka-kids of history, urwibutso-memorial’’, these and many more names make these children feel unwanted in the society and cause more trauma.

The issue of genocide ideology needs to be fought with extra vigor, some reports in 2016 indicated that 67% of the youth had genocide ideology. Parents are requested to play a positive role in healing these wounds and giving proper education to their children.

Government should find special land and give to the survivor divorced women, who are the girls who survived the genocide, but later got married and their marriage failed, these women have nowhere to go to (having grown up in group homes), whereas in our culture, girls can always come back to their parents when marriage fails. It’s the government’s responsibility to find them a place they can call a permanent home.

The Democratic Green Party of Rwanda would like to thank Unity Club and other stakeholders who have contributed in helping the elderly who survived the genocide.

 Done at Kigali, 6th April 2018

 Dr.Frank HABINEZA

DGPR President

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