World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


Rwanda: Children Suffer In Aftermath Of Genocide

Rwandan Children Still Suffer In Aftermath Of 1994 Genocide – Unicef

The Rwandan genocide of 10 years ago, which orphaned 95,000 children and left the majority of rape victims HIV positive, has rendered the country home to one of the world’s largest proportions of child-headed households.

For these children “the genocide is not just a historical event, but an inescapable part of daily life today and tomorrow," UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy said.

An estimated 101,000 children live in some 42,000 child-headed households, either because their parents were killed in the genocide, died from AIDS or have been imprisoned for genocide-related crimes, UNICEF said. Meanwhile, some 400,000 children are not in school and 20 per cent die before the age of 5.

Of the 2,000 women tested up to 1999 – many of them rape survivors – 80 per cent were HIV-positive, even though many had not been sexually active before the genocide. By 2010, an estimated 350,000 children are expected to be orphaned by AIDS, UNICEF said.

The 10th anniversary must be marked with renewed concern for those continuing to suffer from the genocide, Ms. Bellamy emphasized. “We are all still accountable for supporting reconciliation and healing, and for ensuring that atrocities never happen again,” she said, stressing the need to hold perpetrators accountable and restore the dignity of victims by alleviating their suffering.

The UN declared 7 April “the International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda” to remember the mostly Tutsi and moderate Hutu Rwandans killed by their Hutu countrymen during a 100-day rampage.

© Scoop Media

World Headlines


Ramzy Baroud: Year in Review Will 2018 Usher in a New Palestinian Strategy

2017 will be remembered as the year that the so-called ‘peace process’, at least in its American formulation, has ended. And with its demise, a political framework that has served as the foundation for US foreign policy in the Middle East has also collapsed. More>>


North Korea: NZ Denounces Missile Test

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has denounced North Korea’s latest ballistic missile test. The test, which took place this morning, is North Korea’s third test flight of an inter-continental ballistic missile. More>>


Campbell On: the US demonising of Iran

Satan may not exist, but the Evil One has always been a handy tool for priests and politicians alike.

Currently, Iran is the latest bogey conjured up by Washington to (a) justify its foreign policy interventions and (b) distract attention from its foreign policy failures.

Once upon a time, the Soviet Union was the nightmare threat for the entire Cold War era – and since then the US has cast the Taliban, al Qaeda, and Islamic State in the same demonic role. Iran is now the latest example…More

Catalan Independence:
Pro-independence parties appear to have a narrow majority. More>>