CNLG calls for special attention on genocide-related trauma among youth

Published by Théophile Niyitegeka
On 28 October 2016 saa 08:42
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The National Commission for the Fight Against Genocide (CNLG) has said that the young generation is mostly affected by trauma during the commemoration of 1994 genocide against the Tutsi yet some of who were born after genocide or were infants during the time of the mayhem.

CNLG indicates that 1,734 people experienced trauma during the 22nd commemoration of 1994 genocide against Tutsi, a majority of who are female youth aged between 25-35.

The president of CNLG, Dr John Rutayisire has said trauma may be inherited from generations according to conducted research.

“That is why there must be concerted efforts in building the family.These are necessary to tackle trauma passed from one generation to another,” he said.

Parliamentarian Nikuze said that the passing of time doesn’t mean trauma gets extinct.

“Trauma is something likely to increase as time evolves. Children are affected by trauma because they have started thinking and growing up. There should be measures to tackle mental illness that would be triggered by trauma,” she said.

CNLG has explained that a process of deploying doctors handling trauma at health centers and hospitals is underway to help with such cases.

As CNLG presented a report on fighting against genocide and provisions of next year’s budget plan to both chambers of parliament last year, Rutayisire explained that they keep doing all that is necessary to promote Kigali, Murambi, Bisesero and Nyamata memorials to World’s historical sites.

Information from CNLG indicates there are 247 genocide memorials in Rwanda and 141 mass graves.