Healing

Healing has been one of the major concepts in post-conflict reconciliation, aimed at relieving the suffering of trans-generationally transmitted traumas, and addressing the deeper roots of violence, towards justice, well-being and peace.

The causes of violence are often located in recent, but also older and even ancient, historical grievances and traumas. When drawing on perceived injustices, these psychological roots can become sources of violence, especially in acute times of crisis, fear and threat. These driving forces usually remain un-examined. By unfolding and deconstructing them, people can begin to see how systemic dehumanisation has been so deeply seated that it can become in part the narrative some communities have chosen to live by.

Through the pathways of encounter, dialogue, listening, re-storying, compassion, forgiveness and other similar processes, individuals, groups and communities can embark on collective healing journeys. Healing, reconciliation and social justice go hand-in-hand in the processes of transforming conflict and building holistic peace.

Reconciliation cannot be aimed solely towards ending current conflict. It must also aim to include unburdening of the past, liberation from the pains and angers that made conflict seem inevitable in the first place. — Prof Garrett Thomson, CEO

The GHFP sponsors several significant projects under the theme of Healing: