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hard everyone, he says. you work hard you can improve your life and make it better. Nkusi is 23. None of his share his DNA. In fact, the only thing linking them is that they all genocide survivors ethnic Rwandan Tutsis who lost their families in the 1994 violence that killed 800,000 people. Originally founded by 12 University of Rwanda students Michael Kors Outlet in 1996, they expanded to 43,397 university and high school students from across the tiny central east African country today.
AERG initially creates families from members based on the secondary school or university they attend, after which the newly formed family meet to democratically elect a willing father and mother from among their ranks. Though they don all live together, they do help each other out financially and attempt to pool their resources.
In the University of Rwanda College of Education alone there are 21 such families, with hundreds more being set up across the country.
Rwandans, we used to have big families but during the genocide many people were killed, says Daniel Tuyizere, AERG second vice coordinator at the University of Rwanda.
fight against that, we have to build artificial families so that we can go back to the way we were, he adds. why Cheap Michael Kors Outlet you can find a father with 25 children it because of that, it because of history.
need someone to care about you, she says, adding that the aim is that the families will stay together for life. you get married your family will be there; they be the first to help you. Seventy per cent witnessed murders or injuries, while many were victims of violence and rape themselves.
Their problems continued after 1994. By 2001, an estimated 264,000 Rwandan children Cheap Replica Sunglasses had lost one or both parents to AIDS, a disease which was partly spread through the use of rape as a tool of war.
Today many of these young people suffer disproportionately from poverty, homelessness, trauma and legal issues, including having had their deceased parents land taken away from them when they were too young to claim it.
Rwanda is currently in the Fake Sunglasses middle of 100 days of mourning. The 20th anniversary commemorations have been upsetting for many of the young people who still carry both physical and mental scars from the past.
Kelsey Finnegan, Project Officer at Survivors Fund, says that trauma permeates into many different aspects of their lives: for example have difficulties studying, maintaining relationships, or have issues with drugs and alcohol. people used to be very angry. He says that together they discuss their feelings and how to control them enough so that they can live peacefully with their neighbors.
Yet, he adds, trauma among his peers is still a huge issue. have kids who have been so shocked from genocide that they have a permanent shock that is one of our big problems. Augustin Nsengiyumua, 27, calls up his artificial mother for all sorts of small things. example if I don have a pen, or I don have soap, he says.
Younger than several of his artificial offspring, Nkusi says that fatherhood is a lot of responsibility but he relishes it. have to know every situation that your children are in if they studying without any problem, if they eating, everyday life. If one of them is sick I have to be the first one to know it.