Sexual abuse survivors and the complex of traditional healing: (G)local prospects in the aftermath of an African war
Sexual abuse survivors and the complex of traditional healing: (G)local prospects in the aftermath of an African war / Mats Utas.
Uppsala : Nordiska Afrikainstitutet, 2009.
56p: ills; 22 cm.
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- Uniform series
Policy dialogue (Nordiska Afrikainstitutet) ; no. 4.
- Partial contents
- War-related sexual abuse
- Variations of traditional healing
- Traditional healing of sexual abuse
In its efforts to assist post-conflict societies in africa the international aid community has acitvely promoted projects of psycho-social healing among people traumatized during wars and violent conflict. To a large degree these projects have been established in the tradtion of Western psychology. More recently, however, it has been realized in order to help survivors of war effectivley it is necessary to adapt projects and enhance "local" psycho-social healing. This policy report locates the structures - with local legitimacy - that are available to young people who experienced sexual abuse during the Sierra Leone civil war (1991-2002). To this end, this booklet discusses a healing complex that comprises a number of overlapping actors, including herbalists, Zoe Mammies (heads of the female secret societies), Mori-men (Muslim healers); Karamokos (Muslim teachers) and Christian pastors.
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