by Dr Alan Channer

Gunilla Hamne, founder and director of the Peaceful Heart Network in Sweden, then presented ‘The concept of unhealed wounds and memories’.

Hamne explained the profound effect an experience of trauma can have in a person’s life.  ‘Unseen wounds are the most difficult to heal.’ she said.  ‘Anger and hatred are often symptoms of trauma.’ She pointed out the link between trauma healing and conflict resolution, quoting peacemaker Pastor James Wuye from Nigeria: ‘Conflict is about causing another person an injury’.

Hamne shared the technique of ‘Trauma tapping therapy’, tried and tested with Syrian refugees, Rwandan prisoners and Congolese rape victims.

‘A Rwandan experience’, a presentation by Ms Didacienne Mukahabeshimana of Initiatives of Change in Rwanda, brought home the healing impact of the indigenous gacaca (meaning soft grass) approach, where people talk, listen and come to terms with each other and the past.

Bishop Mollo Ochola and Canon Grace Kaiso spoke about ‘Peacebuilding in Uganda’ and the successful conclusion of the Lords Resistance Army insurgency.

Unseen wounds the most difficult to heal