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Suffering And Healing In The Aftermath Of War And Genocide In Rwanda: Mediations Through Community-Based Sociotherapy

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This chapter focuses on the aftermath of the recent violent political conflict in Rwanda and on the related human suffering, in particular the suffering at a communal level. In particular, it deals with the contribution of one particular intervention to heal the wounds of war in a specific regional setting of Rwanda. The concept of healing for the purpose of the chapter is broadly defined. It refers to any strategy, activity or process that improves the psychological health of individuals following extensive violent conflict and, linked to the former, any strategy, activity or process that repairs and rebuilds local and national communities. This implies restoring a normalized everyday life that can recreate and confirm people's sense of being and belonging. The intervention the chapter examines is the community-based sociotherapy programme, which the Byumba Diocese of the Episcopal Church of Rwanda (EER) established in September 2005 in the north of Rwanda.

Keywords: community-based sociotherapy; healing; human suffering; Rwanda; violent political conflict



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