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
  • As of June 2013, there are currently 21,039 exceptionally vulnerable survivors receiving hardship allowance from FARG.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
  • As of 2007, 40,000 survivors were without shelter, many whose homes were destroyed in the genocide.13
  • Of AVEGA’s 25,000 members, nearly one-third (8,000) of widows have still not had gacaca judgments enforced as of August 2013.14

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

2 A 2008 AERG Report estimates the number killed to be 1,952,078 people (

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 ( IBUKA (the umbrella body of survivors’ organisations in Rwanda) estimates the number to be nearer to 400,000.

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6 Foundation Rwanda, 2008:

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9 Rwandan Ministry of Social Affairs, 2007:




13 Rwandan Ministry of Social Affairs, 2007:


For further information on Rwanda and statistics on its Geography, People, Economy then please refer to the CIA World Factbook on Rwanda.