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When wounds are passed on - Insights from the Lebanese context

18. May. 2020
Miriam Modalal and Dalilah Reuben-Shemia

This article explores the importance of collective trauma for conflict transformation by sharing practical examples from peace work in the post-civil war context in Lebanon

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What can help us in helping others - Responding to the impacts of our work through self- and staff-care practices

11. May. 2020
Jennifer Marchand and Karin Griese

Many development and peacebuilding organisations see the need to take the self-care and mental health of their staff seriously. However, many struggle to institutionalise effective mechanisms of self-care. The feminist development and women’s rights organisation medica mondiale shares some best practices and lessons learned from its work around the world.

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How do you tell your child that she was born after rape?

02. May. 2020
Godelieve Mukasarasi and Simone Lindorfer

Dealing with the past for mothers of children born after rape is essentially about telling the truth. How can this be done in ways that do not reinforce the socially imposed silence but instead contribute to healing? The text reflects an experience from Rwanda.

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Too much too soon: Why people need stability to deal with the past

27. Apr. 2020
Johanna Lechner, Alena Mehlau and Katharina Montens

GIZ trauma experts working in countries neighbouring Syria reflect on how to respond to collective trauma among Syrian refugees. Taking into account the specific cultural context, GIZ staff question the well-known but rather individualistic concept of self-care and stress the need for collective care

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Dealing with social trauma of a war through education for peace

20. Apr. 2020
Selma Porobić and Alma Jeftić

This blog post sheds some light on how peace education could transform social trauma in the context of Bosnia and Herzegovina with lessons for other post-war societies.

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