Finding a reason to live
For some, the first hurdle is just finding a reason to live. “You feel like you are not OK - you want to die. But then you think, ‘I have to do something to be OK,’ and you start seeing reasons why you have to live,” said Josephine. “You start thinking of your children, for example, and say, ‘ah, despite everything, I have to live for my children.”
Finding a reason to live doesn’t take away the hurt or solve all your problems, but in terms of healing the mind damage, it’s a significant step forward.
Most of the children alive during the genocide witnessed extreme violence and were severely traumatised. UNICEF estimates that around 300,000 children were killed and that about 95,000 became orphans.