By its own admission, the Rwanda government bankrupted its economy to pay for those weapons.
The unique trauma rape victims endured, the horrors, impacts them to this day. While a massacre affects all survivors, consequences for Rwandan women is compounded through lasting impact of sexual violence.
A beautiful little first-grade Rwandan girl named Divine read to us, and we all melted. Her warmth and genuineness, her joy in sharing her reading skills and in showing us how she could write her name on the blackboard made us smile and think about her wonderful gifts.
For one week in May, we lived and worked at the beautiful Agahozo Shalom Youth Village in rural Rwanda. The youth village houses 125 teenagers who were orphaned by the 1994 Rwandan genocide.