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Testimonies Of Suffering And Recasting The Meanings Of Memories Of Violence In Post-War Mozambique

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This chapter explores the role that testimonies can play in helping survivors to come to terms with painful memories of the violence of the civil war (1976-1992) in Gorongosa, a district of the Sofala province, located in the centre of Mozambique. Gorongosa district is a former war zone where the majority of the people survived the war while remaining in their home area. At the end of the war, many survivors wished to forget the horrors they had undergone and focus on the task of repairing their lives. In this chapter, the author briefly traces the development of the testimony method and its psychotherapeutic applications as a way of gaining insights into the meaningfulness of the war survivors' testimonies presented in this study. The witnesses in this study also demonstrated the existence of other ways of bearing witness through testimonies besides the current standard.

Keywords: Gorongosa district; MOZAMBIQUE; sofala province; TESTIMONIES



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