"Now I've been displaced again for one year because
of the war of the Interahamwe. In the village where
I am from, they attacked my house several times.
Each time they would ask for food, clothes, cattle;
when we refused to give out our goods, they would
torture us. Sometimes, if we finally gave something
we had hidden, they would stop torturing us. I was
tortured twice, together with my husband; they
bludgeoned us, and with the butt of their machetes.
After the third attack, we decided to leave.
"Because of the tortures the Interahamwe inflicted
on me, I suffer a lot from the chest; I cannot carry
anything heavy, and I hardly can cultivate. My
husband also suffers from the torture he has been
subjected to; as we are displaced, we had been given
a little field, but neither I or him have the strength
to cultivate. We eat with difficulty. We live in a
little house made of straw that we rent, but we are
sometimes chased away from it because we don't
have the means to pay the three dollars rent. The
house has holes everywhere, and we sleep on reed
beds that my husband made.
"My whole family has been subjected to pillaging,
and several of my relatives have died. There is no
one who can help me."
My whole family has been subjected
to pillaging, and several of my relatives have
died. There is no one who can help me