Great Lakes Project

Posted By: • September 23rd, 2015

Providing holistic and community-based rehabilitation to victims of torture in Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda

A large number of men, women and children living in the Great Lakes Region in central Africa have suffered as a result of conflict. In recent decades, the Genocide in Rwanda, civil war in Burundi and a series of brutal and protracted wars in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have scarred the region.

Between 1993 and 2005, Burundi’s civil war, fuelled by generations of ethnic tension, caused the death of an estimated 250,000 to 300,000 people. Almost 700.000, or 10 percent of the population, were forced to leave their lands.

In Rwanda during the 100 days of the Genocide, it is estimated that approximately one million people were killed. The Genocide also resulted in one of the world’s biggest refugee crises, with approximately 1.2 million people fleeing to the Kivu provinces of the DRC alone. The shadow of the 1994 genocide still lingers today, affecting communities throughout the country.

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