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Rwanda is slowly recovering from the genocide of the Tutsis, which left 800,000 people dead in 1994.
The genocide of the Tutsis took place in Rwanda between April and July 1994. More than 800,000 people lost their lives in 100 days. The surviving population was plunged into a situation of extreme distress, and the genocide marked the beginning of an unprecedented ethnic conflict in the very heart of Africa.
Two decades later, the country is making significant progress: according to the World Bank, per capita GDP has risen five-fold, poverty levels have fallen by approximately 25% and inequalities have been reduced. The Millennium Development Goals concerning the reduction of infant mortality rates have been met. Poverty and income inequalities have also been reduced.
One necessity remains: the protection and social inclusion of people with disabilities and vulnerable people. Indeed, despite the economic growth and the recent development of basic services, such as health care, housing and education, the Rwandan population includes a large number of people who are vulnerable both economically, and from a psychological and social point of view. Nearly 29% of Rwandans suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and 53% from depression linked to the genocide.
People with disabilities are also denied a role in society, and the authorities do not take care of them. The technical and financial resources earmarked for dealing with disability are still very limited, and civil society, energised by the numerous local NGOs which champion the rights people with disabilities, needs better support.