Long-Term Consequences

Many women were raped brutally and repeatedly, often by men who were known
to be HIV positive. This genocidal weapon has had devastating effects on many women who developed the disease.

There are at least 500,000 women who were victims of rape during the genocide and in the refugee camps, where Rwandans were trained by the genocidaires who had fled.

Female survivors have either died from the effects of AIDS or continue to live under its debilitating influence.

Anti-retroviral medication has not been made available in a timely or sufficient way to save lives. HIV positive planners of the genocide and perpetrators of rape, however, have had access to medication in Arusha. 

Burying the dead in dignity
The cost of exhumation, identification and reburial has also been beyond the reach of many poor survivors living well below subsistence levels. A decade after the genocide, mass graves are still being discovered daily, and public exhumations and burials carried out.


Many survivors are young and will carry the trauma of their childhood through the rest of
their lives and probably the lives of their descendants.