Post-traumatic stress disorder common among child survivors of Rwandan genocide

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 11 February 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b564
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. 1Abergavenny

    Two thirds of children and adolescents who survived the Rwandan genocide probably had post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) a year later, a survey has found (International Journal of Epidemiology 2009, doi:10.1093/ije/dyn375).

    More than 90% of child and adolescent survivors of the atrocities that occurred in Rwanda in 1994 witnessed killings and had their lives threatened. A further 35% lost immediate family members, and 30% witnessed rape or sexual mutilation. Nearly one in six children spent time hiding under dead bodies for protection.

    “Symptom levels and rates of probable post-traumatic stress …

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