The Daily Beast: Healing the Wounds of Genocide

Constance didn’t tell anyone what happened to her during the 1994 Rwanda genocide. But nearly ten years later, it was still written in her blood.

Plagued by headaches and back pain, Constance visited a clinic in 2005. When the nurses ran tests and said she was HIV-positive, she dismissed it–AIDS was a disease of loose women, she thought, not loyal wives. Yet the nurses insisted that she would die without medication. They also said there were other women like her–war widows who’d been raped and infected with the disease–and that she could talk with them.

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