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ERIC Number: ED458494
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Aug
Pages: 12
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Coming to Terms with the Past: Lessons from War-Torn Countries.
Thomas, Nina K.
Countries are increasingly facing the question of transgenerational transmission of trauma from their previous acts of war, ethnic cleansing, and genocide. How countries choose to confront that past has significance on the future course of their society. Truth commissions have been used in many countries as a means to collect accounts of torture, murder, and abduction committed against an identified enemy. Their aim is to write an historical record of the abuses of the past through the testimony of the survivor-victims. The fear and isolation that people have experienced is often replaced by restorative justice through the dealings of these commissions. With restorative justice the victims, rather than the state, are the focus of the healing. The problem remains of being able to offer a context to survivors for processing the trauma sufficiently and to have the words to describe what has occurred. (Contains 20 references.) (JDM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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