Africa

  • Hundreds of orphans from Rwanda's 1994 genocide still struggle in Kigali's slums, many working as drug dealers or prostitutes to survive, the corridor Giporoso in Kigali, Rwanda, Nov 20, 2013. (Hamada Elrasam for VOA)
  • Orphans of the Rwandan genocide, Vansing (second from left) and his friends pick pockets, gamble and fight for their survival, Giporoso, Kigali, Rwanda, Nov. 15, 2013. (Hamada Elrasam for VOA)
  • Negenzi Ali (left), age 23, makes a tattoo of a Rwandan genocide slogan "never again" on Tomy's arm. Negenzi Ali says "I don't care about HIV transmission through my needles. Giporoso is killing our generation softly." Giporoso, Kigali, Rwanda, Nov. 5, 2013.
  • Kuitonda David, age 24, plays pool in the billiards hall where he works, Gibiloso, Kigali, Rwanda, Nov. 27, 2013. (Hamada Elrasam for VOA)
  • Vansing (left), age 20, fights with his friend Belusi, age 19, because he caught Belusi stealing from him, Giporoso, Kigali, Rwanda. Fri, Nov. 15, 2013. (Hamada Elrasam for VOA)
  • Kuitonda David, age 24, in his room at a billiards hall where he works. He takes turns, sleeping on the one bed in this room, with his work mate, Nzamwita Afrodis, who is HIV positive, Giporoso, Kigali, Rwanda, Nov. 27, 2013. (Hamada Elrasam for VOA)
  • Shakoul, age 20, a genocide orphan, talks to clients while he edits a wedding video in his studio, Giporoso, Kigali, Rwanda, Nov. 20, 2013. (Hamada Elrasam for VOA)
  • The ground is littered with used condoms, Gibiloso, Kigali, Rwanda, Nov. 15, 2013. (Hamada Elrasam for VOA)
  • Vansing (right), drinks while he shares a meal with his friend Nshizirungu Amos, age 20. Vansing knew Nshizirungu Amos from an orphanage. Vansing says, "Life in Giblioso is like jail, but we have to share." (Hamada Elrasam for VOA)
  • Nshizirungu Amos (left) and Vansing walk among young children in the streets. The Rwanda genocide left orphans who still struggle with a lack of opportunities, terminal diseases, loneliness and distrust, which now threatens the new generation, Giporoso, Kigali, Nov. 27, 2013.

Orphans of the Rwanda Genocide

Published April 04, 2014

The Rwandan genocide happened 20 years ago, but the trauma experienced by its survivors still lies close to the surface.


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