One of the projects that being emphasized as Rwanda prepares for the 20th genocide commemoration is providing medical services to genocide survivors with ailments inflicted on them during the genocide.
According to FARG (the fund that supports the poor genocide survivors) in Rwanda, this project intends to treat the diseases that were caused by genocide so people can commemorate in good health.
Théophile Ruberangeyo the coordinator of FARG says the research has shown more than 18, 000 genocide survivors have diseases and 15, 000 have trauma brought about by the 1994 genocide against the Tutsis.
“We have about 18, 651 genocide survivors with ailments and more than 15, 000 trauma cases caused by genocide and more than 18 000 have already received treatments in 14 districts of the country” explains Ruberangeyo.
Ruberangeyo says that FARG with the partnership of Rwanda Military Hospital intends to help genocide survivors get over their past by healing the wounds inflected on them during the genocide.
“We are working hard to attend to ailing genocide survivors in the remaining 16 districts as FARG with the support of RMH have already passed through 14 districts in the country.”
The most conditions being treated caused by the genocide include High Blood Pressure, Fistula in women who were raped and trauma among others.
This year 2014, about Rwf800 million is expected to be used in the treatment of the 1994 genocide survivors. This amount will take care of the genocide victims receiving treatment in or outside the country.