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Sunday, December 4, 2016
Fund launched for genocide survivors
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¬†The Never Again Fund has been launched by Jubilee Action to provide support for victims of genocide in countries such as Rwanda, Congo and Sudan. Following an investigative trip to Africa earlier this year, the charity aims to raise £100,000 to give front-line support to re-build shattered communities and provide fresh opportunities for the orphans and widows in the aftermath of ethnic cleansing and war. This initiative will assist individuals like Bertrude Mukangdigo whose full story is included in the latest issue of Just Right Magazine. It was April 1994 when the Hutu militia arrived in Bertrude's town of Guro in South-West Rwanda. The killers did what they had done in towns across Rwanda: used rape against the women and killed thousands of men. Bertrude was raped by eight different men. On subsequent days, she was brutalised repeatedly. In total, she had been raped 70 times. Bertrude writes in Just Right Magazine, 'As a result of the rapes, I became pregnant and HIV+. I had a child who is also HIV+. Now I want a home away from the soldiers who have returned to my town and are threatening me once again.' Jubilee Action's Assistant Director, Mark Rowland who travelled to Africa said: "The Never Again Fund will be a powerful tool to provide opportunities for women and children who have already suffered more than we can imagine. Please help us in our mission to take effective action by making this Fund a success." The Never Again Fund will support four specific projects. Firstly, the fund will aim to build a Peace Village - ten urgently needed homes for child-headed families in Rwanda. Each home costs just £7000. The fund also aims to establish the Solace Centre which will provide trauma counselling, vocational training and IT skills for hundreds of widows and orphans in Rwanda. Solace Ministries need £20,000 to complete the building and establish the centre which will be used to generate an income for the community. Thirdly, £5000 will enable a drop in centre to be run all week at the Boy's Hope Centre for children who have escaped the violence in Darfur, Sudan. Finally, the fund will support the Jedidiah Foundation to create a sanctuary for ex-child soldiers in Kinshasa, Congo. The Jubilee team visited the genocide site in Murambi where 50,000 people were killed in 1994 while French UN troops stood-by and refused to intervene. They also visited the Nyanza prison where 6,000 genocidaires are being held for their involvement in the genocide when 800,000 mainly Tutsi people were killed in 100 days. The team also met the Rwandan President, Hon Paul Kagame, in Kigali in a bid to support the fledgling peace process between Rwanda and its neighbour, the Democratic Republic of Congo. To give call 01483 894 787 or go to http://www.jubileeaction.co.uk
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