AERG, Association of Student Survivors of Genocide 大虐殺学生生残者協会

AERG (Abbreviation of French words: Association des Etudiants et eleves Rescapes du Genocide) is a student organization to help survivors specifically who are currently students.

AERGは、現在学生である大虐殺生残者を支援する学生団体です。

They provide free counseling for psychological problems. They have psychologists, and they also provide counseling on the phone which is called Help Line. According to Jean Damascene Nsanzumuhire, a legal adviser and the Help Line coordinator at AERG, they receive around 10 calls a day.

無料のカウンセリングを、対面でも電話ででも提供しています。無料のサポート電話は、ヘルプラインといい、法律家でヘルプラインコーディネーターのジーンさんによると、1日10本程電話がかかってくると言います。

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They also provide assistance for legal matters. Many student survivors of the genocide are orphans at the same time. For example, some lost their family land during and after the genocide, but it is difficult for students deal with legal matters, so AERG deal with their court cases on behalf of them for free. Help Line covers this kind of problems as well.

AERGは無料で法的な問題に関する援助もしています。多くの学生生残者は、孤児でもあります。未成年で裁判等法的な件を扱うのは難しいため、学生の代理で法的なケースを扱うと言います。大虐殺の中で、家族の土地や財産を失ったり奪われたりしたケースが多いそうです。

According to Nyiribakwe Jean Paul, a program coordinator of AERG, students cannot stay in campus including dorms during breaks. Therefore, orphans become homeless during holidays. For such students, AERG have a project called One Dollar Campaign. AERG is constructing a building which can accommodate about 300 students in the future. Anyone can donate starting from one dollar for the project. They are now setting the program so that foreigners can participate in the program as well.

AERGは、長期休暇中、学内に残れず過ごす場所がない孤児の生徒たちのための施設を建設しています。その費用を$1キャンペーンで集めていて、誰でも1ドルから寄付できます。現在、海外からも寄付を募れるよう調整中です。

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They have other projects such as empowering people who did not go to university. 20 years have passed since the genocide, and it seems Rwanda has succeeded in healing survivors. I hope they successfully move to next steps such as supporting students to get a job and helping youth to realize true justice for all stakeholders and all Rwandans.

他にも、大学に行けなかった人を支援するプロジェクトなどをしています。大虐殺から20年経ち、ルワンダは生残者を癒す第一ステップを成功してきたようです。そうして成長してきたルワンダですが、職が少なく、就職が難しく、また貧富の差も激しいです。大虐殺に関する裁判がまだまだ公正に行われていないと感じている人もおり、そのような問題にルワンダの人々が立ち向かっていくことを期待したいです。

AERG website: www.aerg.org.rw

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