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Sexual abuse survivors and the complex of traditional healing : (G)local prospects in the aftermath of an African war

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Abstract: 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.
<p>CONTENTS</p><p>1. Introduction</p><p>2. Scope of the study</p><p>2.1 Methods</p><p>2.2 Research ethichs</p><p>3. Limitations of the study</p><p>4. War-related sexual abuse</p><p>4.1 Quantitative findings</p><p>4.2 Qualitative findings</p><p>4.3 Turning a page? Sexual abuse in post-war reality</p><p>5. Variations of traditional healing</p><p>5.1 Notes on mental illness in Sierra Leone</p><p>5.2 The healing complex6. Traditional healing of sexual abuse</p><p>6.1 From the girls’ and young women’s perspective</p><p>6.2 The herbalist</p><p>6.3 The Karamoko and the Mori-man</p><p>6.4 The Soweh mammy and female herbalist (Kuntumoi musu)</p><p>6.5 Cleansing the bush</p><p>6.6 The pastor</p><p>6.7 Talking trauma – notes on counselling</p><p>7. Findings and recommendations</p><p>7.1 Social approaches towards the sexually abused</p><p>7.2 Girls’ and young women’s practices related totraditional healing</p><p>7.3 Findings on traditional healers</p><p>7.4 Recommendations</p><p>Appendices</p>
Type: Report
info:eu-repo/semantics/report
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Link: http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:nai:diva-3
urn:isbn:978-91-7106-648-0
Subject: Civil war
sexual abuse
women
victims
humanitarian assistance
traditional medicine
healing
post-conflict reconstruction
reconciliation
Sierra Leone
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
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