Delegate: Ms. Rusaro
35. Ms. Rusaro (Rwanda), speaking as her country’s youth delegate, said Rwanda still bore the burden of the effects of the 1994 genocide, which had radically altered its demographic composition. Widows, orphans and neglected minors accounted for a significant percentage of the population, and victims of genocide were living side by side with the perpetrators. The number of street children in urban centres had increased, while in rural areas many children were heads of households working to support their siblings. Rwanda had over 101,000 households headed by children, three-quarters of them girls. In recent years, economic, social and political transformations had taken place. Children were actively contributing to the efforts to ensure a brighter future and her country’s experience offered a beacon of hope to all.
UN Doc.: A/C.3/64/SR.17