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Trauma-Sensitivity & Peacebuilding Book launch

We are pleased to support the upcoming launch of Dr Lydia Gitau’s new work Trauma-Sensitivity & Peacebuilding.

Richard Ackland AM, former host of Media Watch, diarist and legal affairs editor of The Saturday Paper, will launch Dr. Lydia Gitau’s ‘Trauma-Sensitivity and Peacebuilding,’ a story of the resilience and courage of South Sudanese refugees. Richard’s launch will be followed by Lydia in conversation with Emeritus Prof. Stuart Rees AM with special guests, plus an audience Q&A with Dr. Wendy Lambourne.

This book identifies a gap in peacebuilding theory and practice in terms of sensitivity to trauma and its impact on the survivors of war and other mass violence. The research focuses on the traumatic experiences and perceptions of peace of South Sudanese refugees in Kakuma Refugee Camp in Northwestern Kenya. It further explores the possibilities for peacebuilding identified in these perceptions.

A lack of sensitivity to the trauma experienced by the survivors of conflict and mass violence leads to interventions that are at best removed from, and at worst detrimental to the welfare of the survivors. Interventions that take into consideration the complex and multifaceted ways in which the survivors experience and respond to the traumatic events, encourage capacities for resilience in the survivors, engage the creative arts in peacebuilding, and emphasise the centrality of community and relationships, are seen to assist the survivors in recovery from trauma and to facilitate peacebuilding.

Date: Tuesday 27 March 2018

Time: 6pm-8pm

Venue: Gleebooks

RSVP is essential.

This event is proudly hosted by Gleebooks and supported by Sydney Peace FoundationDepartment for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Sydney,  STARTTS and Brave Media