But once you have started picking up the pieces of life, what about the thoughts and feelings that just won’t go away?
Jeanne Mukamusome, director of medical services at AVEGA, says that some survivors who have found ways to meet their basic survival needs are now facing the psychological wounds.
“In 1996, when people came to AVEGA, it was more to look for shelter, school fees, food or clothes for their children or themselves,” she says. “Today, it’s more complicated. The trauma is more psychologically oriented.”
And for many Rwandans, finding ways to be free to live a productive life - to become genuinely ‘whole’ again - is endlessly fascinating, always challenging and sometimes divisive.