Child Soldiers

The photographer, Lindsay Stark, she comments:

Traditional healing ceremonies have been lauded as an effective and integral aspect of psychosocial healing and reintegration in Sierra Leone for girls associated with the fighting forces. Reintegration has proven extremely difficult for these girls. They were stigmatized by their families and communities who saw them as “impure” as a result of sexual abuse. They have been verbally and physically attacked, restricted from mingling with family and community and prohibited from marrying. Their spiritual pollution is believed to cause misfortune, bad harvests and health problems. While empirical evidence leads us to believe that indigenous practice plays a fundamental role in the reconciliation process, how and why this is so is poorly understood. My research examined how traditional purification rituals contribute to psychosocial healing and reintegration.

frizztext comment:

As we actually can watch in Egypt, it is creative to leave a system behind. Like trash. Even it were your own opinions. To escape from old identities or social structures. Or to stop a nonsense or those political evils: dictatorships. To make an end to some wars or even some simple mobbing. To start future. To change. Sometimes it needs rage. Sometimes you only need a little courage, guts, dialog, esprit, power to make some change. But sometimes big social healing rituals are necessary, to reintegrate into normality after visiting a hell …

some of my related articles:leaving a system as a philosophy:

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