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A safe place to call home: securing the right of Rwandan Genocide survivors to resettlement outside Rwanda

Schimmel, Noam (2010) A safe place to call home: securing the right of Rwandan Genocide survivors to resettlement outside Rwanda. Journal of Humanitarian Assistance.

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Abstract

Based on interviews and field work in Rwanda over the course of two years, this article argues that genocide survivors have been excluded from the human rights guarantees and protections offered to refugees and asylum seekers experiencing persecution and threat to their lives and welfare. It illustrates how genocide survivors are subject to unique psychological and social vulnerabilities, including psycho-social trauma and high levels of chronic stress which impede their capacity to rehabilitate themselves and rebuild their lives. Many are forced to live in the same neighborhoods and villages as the genocidaires that raped and tortured them as well as their families and friends, and who murdered many of their closest kin. This is an intrinsically psychologically destabilizing position which burdens and overwhelms genocide survivors, subjecting them to continuous retraumatization. Consequently, it argues that genocide survivors should be granted special privileged immigration rights to resettlement outside of Rwanda.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://sites.tufts.edu/jha/archives/688
Additional Information: © 2010 The Journal of Humanitarian Assistance
Divisions: LSE Health
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Sets: Research centres and groups > LSE Health
Date Deposited: 10 May 2016 14:28
Last Modified: 07 Sep 2019 23:06
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/66457

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