Portraits of Rwandan rape victims and their children reveal the aftermath of the genocide 25 years ago
Today marks 25 years since the onset of the Rwandan genocide. In just 100 days, between 7 April and 15 July 1994, seven in 10 Tutsis living in Rwanda were murdered by their Hutu neighbours. As many as 1 million people, including 10,000 Batwa pygmies, died.
What’s less well known about those terrible months is that up to 250,000 women were raped. Many were infected with HIV and later died of Aids-related illness. The UN estimates that 2,000 women became pregnant (the actual number could be much higher). A quarter of a century later, while many of the surviving children of those pregnancies are older now than their mothers were at the time, a great deal of anguish, tension and social stigma persists.