To the Editor: I would like to raise some questions
about the methods used by Drs Pham, Weinstein, and Longman in their valuable
study of the aftermath of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.1 Burundi
has been described as Rwanda’s “twin neighbor.”2 In 1994 that country also suffered ethnically based
violence with mass killings, displacements of populations, and major disruption.3 During a 1994 fact-finding mission in Burundi for
Physicians for Human Rights,4 the level of
insecurity was still considerable. We attempted to assess the perception and
impact of past and current violence among ordinary citizens, using a short
ad hoc questionnaire administered to 68 mothers in various areas of the country.
Nemery B. Trauma and PTSD Symptoms in Rwanda. JAMA. 2004;292(17):2082–2083. doi:https://doi.org/10.1001/jama.292.17.2082-a
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