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Gustavus Adolphus College

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Spring 2022

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Rwanda: Post-Genocide Restoration and Peacebuilding


Through a case study of SEVOTA, this paper examines trauma-healing practices among genocidal rape victims. Its primary research objectives are to identify the resources available to victims immediately post-genocide through the present, critically examine how these resources have helped victims heal, and observe any existing or impending challenges to healing from rape-related trauma in Rwanda. It concludes that building a community and providing resources to help with certain situations (such as funding for medical treatments or children’s school fees) are effective methods of trauma-healing among genocidal rape victims in Rwanda.


African Studies | Holocaust and Genocide Studies | Peace and Conflict Studies | Social Work | Women's Studies


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