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The READATHON of 250 testimonies will tell the individual stories of women and girl survivors (many now widows and orphans) who must live with the legacy of rape and HIV/AIDS and will mark the end of our 100 days commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide. The details for the event are as follows:

Date: Friday 16th July 2004
Place: London’s Trafalgar Square
Time: 6:00 am to 6:00 pm

The Initiative for Free Antiretroviral Treatment for Women Survivors of the Rwandan Genocide will be the focus of the READATHON. We are calling for 250 women (representing just 1% of the infected female survivors in Rwanda) to join us at our event in Trafalgar Square to read survivors testimonies collected by African Rights in their recent report: Rwanda: Broken Bodies, Torn Spirits – Living with Genocide, Rape and HIV / AIDS. Each testimony is between 1 and 5 minutes long.

Readers are welcome from all walks of life, aged from 13 plus (under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult). Each reader will be allocated a slot and sent their testimony beforehand so that they can prepare in advance. They will be asked to arrive a minimum of 15 minutes before their allocated time, so in all you will need to commit only around 30 minutes. Each reader will be asked to make a small donation of £5 to SURF as a contribution to the campaign but this is not a mandatory condition of inclusion in the event.

If you would like to offer your support to Rwanda’s survivors and take part in the READATHON please complete the enclosed form and email it to , fax it to 020 7788 4101 or post it to the address below to arrive no later than 28th June 2004.

If you have more than half-an-hour to offer, SURF is also looking for volunteers to help manage and steward the event. We dearly hope that you can help, either as a reader or volunteer, or both.


This information can also be downloaded in PDF format for distribution at your work, school, church or community group.



Please do not hesitate to contact Caterina Loriggio or David Russell on if you have any questions, or require any more information.

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