Before my time? : addressing the intergenerational legacies of the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda

TitleBefore my time? : addressing the intergenerational legacies of the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsV. Eichelsheim, L.H. Berckmoes, B. Hola, T. Rutayisire, and A. Richters
Secondary TitleIntervention : journal of mental health and psychosocial support in conflict affected areas
Volume17
Issue1
Pagination31-39
Date Published2019
Publication Languageeng
Keywordsgenocide, interpersonal relations, Rwanda, Tutsi
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).

IR handle/ Full text URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1887/74861
Citation Key10201