The purpose of this study was to describe the experiences of Rwandan women and their lives after the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Their stories were told through the eyes of Sonia (pseudonym), the Rwandan interviewer, describing their living conditions, current challenges, social interactions, HIV/AIDS, psychological and physical conditions. The sample consisted of 86 interviewees, 5 men, 72 women, and 9 children. Interview transcripts were not recorded for children under 13. Total interviews recorded were 77. The average age of the interviewees is 40.3 years (ranged 14 to 61 years).
The study found 46 (59%) of the interviewees reported being HIV/AIDS positive. Of the 46 interviewees with HIV/AIDS, 43 (93%) were women. Women reported suffering from trauma 15 (21%), living in poverty 18 (25%), challenges paying for school fees 14 (19%) and rent 18 (25%), suffered from malnutrition 17 (24%) and rape 13 (18%). Implications and recommendations for future research are discussed.
|Advisor:||Acosta-Deprez, Veronica, Reynolds, Grace|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 49/04M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Womens studies, Sub Saharan Africa Studies|
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