The Lived Experience of Struggling Through a Difficult Time for Women Survivors of the Rwandan Genocide
Oaks, Geneva Gay
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Purpose: The purpose of this study was to enhance understanding about the lived experience of struggling through a difficult time. Methods: A qualitative phenomenological-hermeneutic approach was used to answer the research question: What is the lived experience of struggling through a difficult time for Rwandan women surviving the Rwandan genocide? Participants were 12 female survivors of the genocide in Rwanda still living in Rwanda, Africa. Data were collected through engaging in dialogue using a translator who spoke both Kenyarwandan and English. After consent, participants were audio and videotaped. The results were transcribed and analyzed and themes were identified. Results: The findings of this study enhanced the understanding of the lived experience of struggling through a difficult time. The emerging themes were arduous peril, aching for regard, paralyzing agony, and nurturing affiliations. Conclusion: The knowledge about struggling through a difficult time and its connection to health and quality of life further informs the practice of nursing. Implications for nursing education, practice and research are presented.