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In April 2014, it is the 20th anniversary of the genocide of the Tutsi in Rwanda. Back then, more than 800,000 people, mostly men, were killed. The surviving women had to go on without the help of their fathers, men and sons. And they did. Some of the widows cared for up to 27 children, who were cousins, nephews or neighbors. To support the widows and their work, the Association of Widows of the Agahozo Genocide (AVEGA) was founded. The AVEGA played a major role in the process of identifying bodies and in working with the courts created to judge those responsible for the genocide. Twenty years after the tragedy, the country is completely transformed. Women have played a crucial role in this rebirth, in every domain of life in society. And, of course, the widows of AVEGA have made their own contributions to this reconstruction. Today, some members of the AVEGA have shifted away from the association’s initial responsibility, now working with women who have been the victims of domestic and sexual violence.
Pierre Yves Ginet has visited the widows of AVEGA in 2005 and 2014