War, Violence and Social Repair

Authored by: Lenore Manderson , Elizabeth Cartwright , Anita Hardon

The Routledge Handbook of Medical Anthropology

Print publication date:  May  2016
Online publication date:  May  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138015630
eBook ISBN: 9781315794198
Adobe ISBN: 9781317743781


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One of my Afghan colleagues, Fatimah, leads a discussion about peace-building. This conference was initiated by a local NGO where I worked as a visiting senior researcher in 2012–2013. Fatimah’s session spoke to male and female doctors, elders, midwives, psychologists, teachers, and youth leaders in the health and education sectors. The conference was attended by people of mixed ages, gender, and tribal groups; this particular session was facilitated by an unmarried, professional local woman. The conference and the session were the first of its kind in Afghanistan. “All voices and perspectives are important for our future,” Fatimah says.

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