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LRA War Survivors Form Groups to Overcome Trauma :: Uganda Radionetwork
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LRA War Survivors Form Groups to Overcome Trauma

She says that apart from counseling, the group engages in income generating activities to fight poverty that increases level of trauma.

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Women affected by the Lords Resistance Army rebel conflict in Kitgum district have formed groups to help counsel each other citing the inadequate number of professional counselors. Kitgum district has hundreds of women who were either abducted or their family members killed by the rebels. However, the women say that after realizing that the conventional counseling would not work because of the few professional counselors, they decided to form their own groups to overcome the trauma.

 

Evelyn Kidega, a resident of Kitgum Matidi says that she joined Toorach Group after learning that the group helped its members in communal counseling. She says that apart from counseling, the group engages in income generating activities to fight poverty that increases level of trauma. Domitila Acan, a resident of Kitgum town council says when the war came to an end they started battling poverty and post war trauma. Acan was captured by the rebels in 2002 and spent six month in captivity.

However, Acan says that her stay with the rebel was the worst experience of her life. Acan says that following her rescue from the rebels she teamed up with other women to start helping each other to overcome their experience in rebel captivity. She says that despite being in the group she can’t easily forget her experience at the hands of the rebels. Acan wants government to help such women groups to fight poverty by providing direct income to them. Gladys Oyat, the head teacher of YY Okot Memorial Secondary School in Kitgum says handling post war traum has been a big battle. She says after realizing that these women were battling with trauma, they decided the best option would be to group them so that counseling would be easier.

She says the district has few counselors and therefore they had to group the women for easier help. Oyat says they use both spiritual and economic counseling to help the women.

She says they provide income generating ventures to help the women fight poverty that would increase the level of trauma if they remained poor.

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She says several girls are also sponsored in secondary school to help them achieve a decent future. Dr. Jennifer Dawson, a trauma specialist from Australia says it will take years to completely heal the women of postwar trauma. She however says the level has reduced compared to 2006 when she first met some of the affected women.

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