A Journey Towards Healing

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Stories of people with multiple woundedness in KwaZulu-Natal.

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The twenty-six stories collected in this book were told by survivors of violence, oppression and abuse who took part in ‘Healing of Memories’ workshops run by various Christian organisations under the coordination of the KwaZulu-Natal Christian Council. Telling a painful story in a safe and loving environment and with the support of people sharing similar experiences is a first step, small but important, on a journey towards healing and reconciliation. By agreeing to have their stories recorded and published, the participants show that, in spite of all obstacles, group processes like those in which they took part or any other form of community support can help wounded people to move on. The KwaZulu-Natal Christian Council, which spearheaded the publication project, is a fellowship of churches and church-based organisations in KwaZulu-Natal. Its purpose is to help the churches of KwaZulu-Natal develop a Christian response to the many challenges of the province. Philippe Denis, Radikobo Ntsimane and Scott Houser, who undertook the recording of the stories and edited the book, work with the Centre for Oral History and Memory Work in Africa, a research and community development centre of the University of KwaZulu-Natal whose mission is to build resilience in people and communities through oral history and memory work.

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Philippe Dennis, Scott Houser, Radikobo Ntsimane (Editors)