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Sexual abuse survivors and the complex of traditional healing: (G)local prospects in the aftermath of an African war
The Nordic Africa Institute, 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.

CONTENTS

1. Introduction

2. Scope of the study

2.1 Methods

2.2 Research ethichs

3. Limitations of the study

4. War-related sexual abuse

4.1 Quantitative findings

4.2 Qualitative findings

4.3 Turning a page? Sexual abuse in post-war reality

5. Variations of traditional healing

5.1 Notes on mental illness in Sierra Leone

5.2 The healing complex6. Traditional healing of sexual abuse

6.1 From the girls’ and young women’s perspective

6.2 The herbalist

6.3 The Karamoko and the Mori-man

6.4 The Soweh mammy and female herbalist (Kuntumoi musu)

6.5 Cleansing the bush

6.6 The pastor

6.7 Talking trauma – notes on counselling

7. Findings and recommendations

7.1 Social approaches towards the sexually abused

7.2 Girls’ and young women’s practices related totraditional healing

7.3 Findings on traditional healers

7.4 Recommendations

Appendices

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Nordiska Afrikainstitutet , 2009. , 56 p.
Series
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
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:nai:diva-3ISBN: 978-91-7106-648-0 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:nai-3DiVA: diva2:217359
Available from: 2009-05-14 Created: 2009-05-14 Last updated: 2010-01-22Bibliographically approved

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