Statistics of the Genocide
The Rwandan Genocide of 1994 was a truly traumatic and horrifying event. It was one of the most brutal acts of murder ever committed.
- Over the course of 100 days from April 6 to July 16 1994, an estimated 800,000 to 1 million Tutsis and some moderate Hutus were slaughtered in the Rwandan genocide.1 A recent report has estimated the number to be close to 2 million.2
- During this period of terrible slaughter, more than 6 men, women and children were murdered every minute of every hour of every day. This brutally efficient killing was maintained for more than 3 months.3
- There are between 300,000 to 400,000 survivors of the genocide.4
- Between 250,000 and 500,000 women were raped during the 100 days of genocide.5 Up to 20,000 children were born to women as a result of rape.6
- More than 67% of women who were raped in 1994 during the genocide were infected with HIV and AIDS.7 In many cases, this resulted from a systematic and planned use of rape by HIV+ men as a weapon of genocide.8
- There are 10 times as many widows than widowers – almost 50,000 widows of the genocide.9
- Nearly 100,000 survivors are aged between 14 and 21, of which 60,000 are categorised as very vulnerable.10
- 75,000 of survivors were orphaned as a result of the genocide.11
- Of those that survived the genocide over half the children stopped their schooling, because of poverty.12
- 40,000 survivors are still without shelter, many whose homes were destroyed in the genocide.13
- 7 in 10 survivors earn a monthly income of less than 5000 Rwandan Francs (Equivalent to 8 (eight) American Dollars)
1 The UN estimate the number killed as 800,000. The Rwandan Government estimate is 1,071,000. RWANDA: No consensus on genocide death toll, Agence France-Presse, Apr 6, 2004 (quoted on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rwandan_Genocide)
2 A 2008 AERG Report estimates the number killed to be 1,952,078 people (http://allafrica.com/stories/200810040044.html)
3 A statistical average on the basis of the estimate of 800,000 to 1 million people killed in 100 days. (6 people x 60 minutes x 24 hours x 100 days = 864,000 people)
4 Rwandan Ministry of Social Affairs, 2007 census estimates the number to be 309,368 (http://www.hirondellenews.org/ictr-rwanda/412-rwanda-political-and-social-issues/22237-en-en-280808-rwandagenocide-census-rwanda-genocide-survivors-estimated-to-be-3000001128811288). IBUKA (the umbrella body of survivors’ organisations in Rwanda) estimates the number to be nearer to 400,000.
6 Foundation Rwanda, 2008: www.foundationrwanda.org
9 Rwandan Ministry of Social Affairs, 2007:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rwandan_Survivors
13 Rwandan Ministry of Social Affairs, 2007:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rwandan_Survivors
For further information on Rwanda and statistics on its Geography, People, Economy then please refer to the CIA World Factbook on Rwanda.