Today, Friday 7th April 2023, marks the start of kwibuka 29 (the 29th anniversary of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda) and the commemoration of the UN International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda.
As we know from previous commemorations, mental health support is particularly important for survivors at this time – so it is reassuring that survivors have received a commitment from the Government of Rwanda that access to it will be prioritised.
Through our own programmes, including the Counselling Extension Response Project (CERP II) made possible by support from Clifford Chance, the Young Survivors Counselling Project made possible by Network for Africa, and the AERG Legal and Counselling Helpline made possible by INSPIRE!africa, Survivors Fund (SURF) is also playing a role over the commemoration period and beyond. We thank all our donors, and supporters in enabling us to continue and extend this vital work, as the need continues to be great.
We take this opportunity to wish all survivors, and their families, strength over the commemoraiton period ahead. Our thoughts are with you.