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Experiences of rape unique to Rwandan women survivors of genocide
Date:12/10/2008

reminder of what happened during the genocide. The genocide also destroyed support networks because participants lost many members of their community and family.

Bringing rape survivors together in an association like AVEGA (Association of the Widows of the Genocide of April) allows them to recreate a community for themselves. AVEGA helped participants overcome their sense of isolation and gave them medical, psychological, and material help.

The results can help nurses to understand war and rape, and thus have needed information which can be used to offer assistance to women in these circumstances. "It is hoped that the information regarding the women's actual experiences will create awareness and some understanding of what these women endured," the authors conclude.


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