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Title:Before my time? Addressing the intergenerational legacies of the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda
Authors:Eichelsheim, Veroni
Berckmoes, Lidewyde H.ISNI
Hola, Barbora
Rutayisire, Theoneste
Richters, AnnemiekISNI
Periodical:Intervention: Journal of Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Conflict Affected Areas (ISSN 1571-8883)
Geographic term:Rwanda
interpersonal relations
External link:https://hdl.handle.net/1887/74861
Abstract:This study aims to (i) understand how the legacies of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi and its aftermath are transmitted to the next generation within Rwandan families and (ii) explore how institutional support plays a role in the pathways of intergenerational transmission. Through an in-depth analysis of qualitative interviews with 41 mothers and one of their adolescent children, we identified direct and indirect pathways through which the legacies of the genocide are transmitted to the second generation. Direct pathways concern the ways in which the genocide and its aftermath are reflected upon, reconstructed and explicitly communicated or silenced to the second generation. Indirect pathways are ways in which the genocide and its aftermath affect the life circumstances of the children, and through that, the child. Many of the included households had access to at least some kind of support. In general, our results indicate that organisations providing support to families and individuals in post-conflict settings might want to consider focusing explicitly on the identified pathways of intergenerational transmission to improve the living conditions of the next generation(s).