Survivor Quotes

Intended Consequences:  Rwandan Children Born of Rape

Quotes taken from Intended consequences: Rwandan children born of rape by Jonathan Torgovnik and Marie C. Mukagendo, 2009.

  • When they say we are leftovers of the militia’s sexual appetite. And whenever I think about it, I hate myself. I don’t want to talk about it.          [Delphine]

  • My message to my children is: Don’t look at whether one is a Hutu or one is a Tutsi.          [Clare]

  • When I talk of Genocide, I don’t have enough words to express it.          [Uwera]

  • When he throws a stone, they say he has the behavior of a militiaman. Whenever they look at him, they say his people killed my family.          [Esperance]

  • I don’t like Hutus, but I don’t hate them. What would I do by hating them? Would it resurrect my family?          [Victoria]

  • When I gave birth, he was so beautiful that I developed love immediately. I said to myself, “I can’t kill him; I am going to love him.”           [Yvette]