Consequences of massive extreme violence such as genocide entail intergenerational psychosocial and psychological trauma, and the repetitive massive violent conflicts have a various devastating consequences including loss of millions of lives, destruction of economic and social fabrics, psychological and physical wounds, and social breakdown in affected societies.

In the Rwandan context, the burden of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsis was immense in terms of psychological wounds. The 2015 Rwanda Reconciliation Barometer (RRB) reveals that 88.6% of respondents reported that, wounds caused by the genocide and divisive past have not fully healed and is a key challenge to reconciliation process[1].

In Cambodia, a community based survey 25 years after genocide found a post-traumatic stress disorder rate of 20.6%.[2]  A study conducted on psychiatric and cognitive effects of war in former Yugoslavia in 2005 revealed that rates of current PTSD ranged from 16% to 34 % and rates of current major depression ranged from 9% to 12%.[3]

The main purpose of this international conference on healing and social cohesion is to provide a platform for wide-reaching scholars, researchers, practitioners and policy-makers to exchange experiences on healing and reconciliation practices

Objectives of the Conference

The main purpose of this international conference is to provide a platform for scholars, researchers, practitioners and policy-makers to exchange experiences on healing and reconciliation practices.

To provide insights on effects of trauma and intergenerational trauma in post-genocide and post-extreme-violence societies

To reflect on the effectiveness and limitations of healing approaches used in different societies

To share lessons with other post conflict and post genocide communities involved in healiing and reconciliation

 

To increase opportunities for the creation of a network of healing and reconciliation practionners in RWanda and Beyond

  1. Increased understanding of healing approaches used by different practitioners

  2. Informed policy and research on healing and reconciliation

  3. Experience and knowledge among practitioners and researchers shared for a better understanding of the complexity of healing processes

  4. Preliminary contacts established for creation of a network among healing and reconciliation experts and practitioners

The conference will reflect on four themes; Healing and Social Cohesion, Justice Frameworks, Healing and Reconciliation, Memory, Identity and Healing, and Gender, Peace-building and Healing.