In the hundred days of genocide that ravaged Rwanda between April and July 1994, an estimated 250,000 to 500,000 women and girls were raped. No one was spared. Grandmothers were raped in the presence of their grandchildren; young girls watched the massacre of their families before being taken as sex slaves. To a lesser extent, boys and men also fell victim to sexual violence.
Fifteen years after the Rwandan genocide, The Men Who Killed Me features testimonials from seventeen survivors. Through their narratives and portraits, sixteen women and one man bear witness to the crimes committed against hundreds of thousands of others. In their strength and courage, they challenge the stigma of surviving sexual violence and living with HIV/AIDS (an astonishing 70 per cent of survivors are HIV positive).
All the authors’ proceeds from this book will go to Mukomeze, a charitable organization established to improve the lives of girls and women who survived sexual violence in the Rwandan genocide. Mukomeze coordinates the sponsorship of individual women, ensuring they receive medical assistance, including antiretroviral treatment for those who are living with HIV, health education, trauma counselling, support for income generating activities, and where applicable, assistance with their education. While all survivors featured in this book are beneficiaries of Solace Ministries, sponsorship by Mukomeze ensures they receive more comprehensive care, treatment and support. Mukomeze will prioritize the sponsorship of survivors featured in this book.
|The Men Who Killed Me (English)||De mannen die mij hebben vermoord (Dutch)|