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May0016089 . Daily Telegraph..Features..55 year old Valerie who lost her 8 children and husband during the 1994 genocide sits in her bare mud brick home on a Rwandan hillside near Cyangugu with 13 year old Olivia, a neighbour's daughter who helps her with daily chores and provides companionship. Valerie has over the years received help from the Chaplin family and Rwanda Aid a British charity and recipient of funds from the Daily Telegraph's 2005 Christmas appeal...Rwanda was the scene of a brutal civil and genocide which ended in 1994 leaving behind 800,000 dead, hundreds of thousands of refugees, many orphans suffering with mental trauma . Still recovering from the civil war the small,landlocked central African state is one of the poorest countries in the world with three quarters of it's 10 million population living below the poverty line and is a huge recipient of foreign aid....Rwanda 28 August 2009