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Year : 2005  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 51-56

Trauma Awareness, Healing and Group Counselling in Secondary Schools

working since 1998 as a Technical Adviser, in the war-torn Great Lake Region in Central Africa: Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda for local and international NGO’s; with victims of genocide, war or natural disasters. She is currently working with the African Centre for Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture Victims in Kampala, Uganda

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Ten years after war and genocide in Rwanda took almost a million lives; trauma still exists on a large scale. This is especially true amongst adolescents where it hampers the process of reconciliation. As a result, crisis outbreaks frequently occur at secondary schools. In this article, an intervention for secondary schools is described that promotes trauma awareness and healing within a school environment. This intervention appears to succeed in preventing trauma crisis: in the four schools covered by the project, no crisis took place. It also accelerated the process of reconciliation amongst the students from different ethnic groups: they were able to commemorate and mourn together with dignity.

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