Africa has seen many political crises ranging from violent political ideologies, to meticulous articulated racist governance system, to ethnic clashes resulting in genocide and religious conflicts that have planted the seed of mutual suspicion.The masses impacted by such crises live with the past that has not passed. The Healing of Memories: African Christian Responses to Politically Induced Trauma examines Christian responses to the damaging impact of conflict on the collective memory. Troubled memory is a recipe for another cycle of conflict. While most academic works tend to stress forgiving and forgetting, they did not offer much as to how to deal with the unforgettable past. This book aims to fill this gap by charting an interdisciplinary approach to healing the corrosive memories of painful pasts. Taking a cue from the empirical expositions of post-apartheid South Africa, post-genocide Rwanda, the Congo Wars, and post-Red Terror Ethiopia, this volume brings together coherent healing approaches to deal with traumatic memory.
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About the Author
Mohammed Girma is international advocacy officer (IBAC), visiting lecturer of intercultural studies at London School of Theology and research associate at the University of Pretoria.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 From Painful Memory to Restorative Nostalgia
Chapter 2 Remembering to Forget, Forgetting to Remember: Memory, Trauma and Religious Imagination in Africa
Chapter 3 “And I will heal their land”: The Role of the South African Faith Community in the Quest for Healing and Reconciliation
Chapter 4 Christian Churches in Post-Genocide Rwanda: Reconciliation and its Limits
Chapter 5 Mirror of Memory: Some Thoughts on the Ethiopian Red Terror
Chapter 6 “When the Foundations are Destroyed….” (Psalm 11:3): Lament, Healing, Social Repair and Political Reinvention in Eastern Congo
Chapter 7 The Cry of Rachel: African Women’s Reading of the Bible for Healing
Chapter 8 Ubuntu, Christianity and Two Kinds of Reconciliation
Chapter 9 The Intertwinement of Science and the Bible in the Healing of Traumatized Memories