traditional cleansing of former child soldier

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Traditional healing ceremonies have been lauded as an effective and integral aspect of psychosocial healing and reintegration in Sierra Leone for girls associated with the fighting forces. Reintegration has proven extremely difficult for these girls. They were stigmatized by their families and communities who saw them as “impure” as a result of sexual abuse. They have been verbally and physically attacked, restricted from mingling with family and community and prohibited from marrying. Their spiritual pollution is believed to cause misfortune, bad harvests and health problems. While empirical evidence leads us to believe that indigenous practice plays a fundamental role in the reconciliation process, how and why this is so is poorly understood. My research examined how traditional purification rituals contribute to psychosocial healing and reintegration.

If you would like to read more on the subject, I have recently published an article here

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  1. Nuragic Man~A bit busy 63 months ago | reply

    This Timeless beauty was Seen in-Vista su,
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  2. Bachspics 62 months ago | reply

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  3. encyclopediabotanica 61 months ago | reply

    Beautiful, sad and touching at the same time. Man's inhumanity to man never ceases to amaze and make me angry as well. Your work has a lovely intimacy about it, which reflects the respect and emotional connection you have with your subjects.

  4. Frizztext 61 months ago | reply

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  9. velanio2 56 months ago | reply

    C'est beau comme une sculpture d'argile !

  10. Fluye La vista 53 months ago | reply

    amazing !!!!
    beautiful purification

  11. Fiann. 53 months ago | reply

    Absolutely amazing...

  12. Verena Sala 53 months ago | reply

    awesome shot...!!!

  13. Códice Tuna 50 months ago | reply

    Indeed an amazing image! We love and admire your work

  14. am_kaiser[Happiness for you] 49 months ago | reply

    beautiful image!
    seen in Blog it!

  15. Frizztext 49 months ago | reply

    hello Lindsay,
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    I hope, that will support your great work!

  16. nunganung 49 months ago | reply

    really caught my eye powerful shot

  17. marcellucray 38 months ago | reply

    ...a lightning shot..........!

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