Women, War and What they fed the children
A NEW PROJECT:
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 American women whose reservations fit the profile of a post conflict societies – we also include some inner city women’s stories in places like New Orleans which at one point had more killings that Iraq. They are many places in the developed world that meet the criteria as war zones. We asked ourselves how do/did these women cope and care for their families and themselves. How do their children fare? 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 to tell the world about their experiences?
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 we see the the commonalities and contrasts.
As we gather these stories, we will also teach methods that work to reduce or resolve symptoms of severe stress - through narrative. These easily learned and culturally contained methods can be taught in communities and may exist there already as the methods we have adapted have existed cross-culturally.
We are honored to provide Witness and accountability for these untold stories 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, check out http://www.ashlar.org/projects.
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