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 Americans whose reservations fit the profile of post conflict societies and whose lives are burdened by a legacy of trans-generational trauma – 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 that do not get much press in that context. In our look at war, we find little difference in the narrative of those living in a defined war zone or post conflict setting than the narratives of people/women living in inner cities.
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 to be murdered or imprisoned. 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?