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ERIC Number: EJ891523
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0306-9885
Outward Peace, Inward Pieces: A Case of the Effect of the Kenya Post-Election Violence
Ochieng', Josephine Atieno
British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, v38 n3 p275-286 Aug 2010
In December 2007, unprecedented violence erupted in Kenya following the announcement of disputed presidential election results. The electorate was divided along ethnic lines and tribal clashes bordering on ethnic cleansing escalated. Those supporting opposing camps found themselves on the wrong side of the political divide leading to killings, maiming, and arson, destruction of property and displacement of persons both locally and internationally. Children were not spared these skirmishes as they found themselves in the centre of the battlefield. Many of them witnessed or were subjected to torture, while others found themselves orphaned in the twinkling of an eye. This paper highlights the plight of one such survivor who was then taken to live with a relative she hardly knew, and how she struggles to make it despite the obstacles she may be facing. It also discusses, albeit briefly, the improvised methods used by the counsellor in trying to help this girl. The paper contributes to the field of counselling by providing insight on what else could be done for such individuals in the face of adversity by describing some counselling methods used with the client in question. Some challenges faced in working with the client are enumerated alongside a few suggestions on the way forward.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Kenya