Ibuka was formed after the Rwandan genocide in order to better coordinate survivors associations that had come together to help each other overcome the trauma of genocide and rebuild communities.
Ibuka, which means "Remember”, is an umbrella organisation of survivors, associations, concerned individuals and other organisations fighting the legacy of the genocide and its effects onto survivors. It aims to contribute to their rehabilitation as well as Rwandan society in general.
IBUKA’s work focuses on the following themes:
- Supporting genocide survivors
Ibuka's major achievements include:
- Promoting commemoration and remembrance. Commemoration activities have taken place at a village-level across the country, in 30 universities and many other institutions, in 400 secondary schools, and amongst the Rwandan diaspora.
- Construction of 416 memorial sites.
- Honorary burial of unfound bodies and a call to perpetrators of genocide to speak out where they may have dumped these bodies during the genocide.
- Research into people killed in during the genocide. 6538 entire families killed in Bugesera, Karongi, Nyamagabe and Kigali City have been identified. This work is ongoing.
- Statistical research on rescuers: moderate Hutus and foreigners who may have rescued Tutsis during genocide. Research has been conducted in 240 cells out of 2148 cells, and in this Ibuka have discovered 271 rescuers.
- Research on the general understanding of Rwandans regarding commemoration in general.
- Ibuka has hosted more than 5 international conferences
- Ibuka has contributed to the health of genocide survivors: 258 people were helped to get medical treatment abroad and 4063 people received special treatment. Research was conducted in order to identify people with unhealed scars and mental disorders caused by genocide. 141,374 survivors were given medical insurance.
- Education for genocide survivors: with Ibuka's help, 61,745 survivors have so far completed secondary education and 4,339 completed university.
- 1551 students have completed professional courses focusing on memory, and reconciliation
- Ibuka has provide shelter for vulnerable groups: 39257 house have been built.
- Ibuka has trained many people to provide psychological counselling, and have treated thousands of cases.
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