Women, War and What they fed the children.

"There is no greater burden that carrying an untold story."      Maya Angelo                                 

Eighty percent of the world’s refugees and internally displaced people are women and children. Eighty percent!

In order to humanize these statistics, we are gathering stories of women and their children from around the world who have experienced or live in war impacted areas – and we include many who are not normally cited – in the United States we will collect stories from Native America whose reservations fit the profile of a post conflict societies – we also include some inner city stories from places like New Orleans which at one point had more killings that Iraq at its peak. There are many places in the developed world that meet the criteria as war zones or post conflict and we want to address some of these as well. 

In our project, we asked ourselves how do/did these women cope and care for their families and themselves. How do their children fare? -- their daughters -- their sons who are most at risk. The challenges are different for each. What are the lingering symptoms of encountering the severe stress of war? What unknown aspects of self were called up by these circumstances? What do they want the world to know?

How do the stories of the war experience vary from women to women (especially on opposing sides) and from war region to war region? The answers can only come to us through her individual story juxtaposed with the global stories – it is here at these confluences that we see the the commonalities and contrasts. 

As we gather these stories, we will also teach easily learned and culturally appropriate methods that work to reduce or resolve symptoms of severe stress.  

We are honored to provide Witness and accountability for these untold stories that took place in women's global community.   

Write and tell us if you would like to be involved. There are many roles to play. Feel free to request details of this project. For more: http://www.ashlar.org/projects.  


Who We Are

Where the personal story can be safely explored and expressed.


Ashlar Center for Narrative Arts is an arts driven non-profit educational organization that serves the Personal Story.

We are Peace Builders working with the individual and community.

We come to our clients by invitation and with them develop culturally relevant programs.

The goal is resiliency and capacity building.

We use spoken word, writing, arts processes and music to extend  language, to give shape, form and voice to the unspoken and make coherent the life story.  

Our goal: to empower people through their own personal work with story to work in community

               extend experience toward understanding the richness in exchanges of cultural difference. 

Our desire is to nurture relationship, encourage learning and teaching through community involvement through the processes of telling the Story.  

We provide lay people the means to become Narrative Arts Facilitators so they can better serve community. 

While our work is highly therapeutic it is not psychotherapy.  Our processes lie closer to anthropology, and spirituality with its mythological underpinnings.

Students who dive deeply into the depths of the personal story, emerge in the human story.  

We invite you to invite us.

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