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Sexual abuse survivors and the complex of traditional healing: (G)local prospects in the aftermath of an African war
Nordiska Afrikainstitutet, Conflict, Displacement and Transformation.
2009 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

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.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Nordiska Afrikainstitutet , 2009. , 56 p.
NAI Policy Dialogue, ISSN 1654-6709 ; 4
Keyword [en]
Civil war, sexual abuse, women, victims, humanitarian assistance, traditional medicine, healing, post-conflict reconstruction, reconciliation, Sierra Leone
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Social Anthropology Humanities
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-261408ISBN: 978-91-7106-648-0OAI: diva2:850375
Available from: 2015-09-01 Created: 2015-09-01 Last updated: 2015-09-29Bibliographically approved

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