GSF Supports a Women Genocide Survivors Retreat

Posted: December 1, 2017
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Women survivors gathered in Rwanda at a women survivors retreat

This past August, Genocide Survivors Foundation (GSF) supported a number of survivors to attend a women genocide survivors retreat in Rwanda. The retreat was organized by Survivors Fund (SURF) and run by a young genocide survivor Liliane Pari Umuhoza who also conceived the idea for the retreat. It brought together women survivors of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, many of whom were also victims of rape during the genocide and are living with HIV and other associated illnesses as a result.

Women survivors dancing at a women survivors retreat

The purpose of the retreat was to give the survivors a space to share their experiences and learn from one another about how they can best deal with the current challenges they face. For some survivors, it was the first time they were able to share their experiences publicly since the genocide. The retreat was a major success according to the participants’ own words and they requested for similar retreats to be held for other survivors in the near future.

Women survivors interacting at a women survivors retreat

GSF was honored to be able to support this retreat and to contribute to the survivors’ ongoing healing process.

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