|The Avega widows, adoptive mothers to the orphans of the genocide|
Christian examines his mother’s back, Béata Ilibagiza, aged 39, president of the Avega section of the area of Gatenga, in the Rwandese capital city. Béata Ilibagiza was beaten by the militia hitting her with gunstocks, before being left considered as dead. Taken care of several weeks after the aggression, the wounds were all deeply infected.
Two of her children have been killed as well as her husband. Today, she remains alone with three of her children, aged from 15 to 19, in addition to the three orphans issued from her enlarged family circle, adopted in 1994. Her adopted children are aged from 12 to 18. Béata Ilibagiza ensures the survival of her family by working as often as possible, despite her infirmity, in a coffee plantation.
June 2005 – Kigali - Rwanda.
© Pierre-Yves GINET
|Reference : Rwanda-2005-018|
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