Godeliève Mukasarasi, the founder and coordinator of SEVOTA (a French acronym for Solidarity for Blossoming of Widows and Orphans) has called on the international community to commit more efforts towards the plight of the children born as a result of rape. SEVOTA has been helping orphans, widows and children traced to rape during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.
“Rape is a crime against humanity and hence it is the responsibility and a moral obligation of the international community to support the children that came into existence as a result of rape,” observed Mukasarasi.
Mukasarasi further said that there is need to act and appreciate that the fact that the fatherless children are a result of a crime against humanity and recognizing them is a solution to stigma.
The SEVOTA consultative meeting held in Kigali on Wednesday attracted several delegates from human rights activists’ organisations in Democratic Republic of Congo Burundi and Rwanda.
Mukasarasi said the aim of the meeting was to scale up sensitisation on appreciating the plight of the people who were disadvantaged this genocide and forge the way forward towards improving their wellbeing and guaranteeing a better future.
Anastasie Kayirangwa, a pioneer beneficiary of SEVOTA expressed gratitude to this organisation for being a parent in her life and she is so happy that their friends from other countries in the region joined them to share with them experiences.