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The Need for a Survivor-Centered Approach to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Hamber, Brandon
June 4, 2015

Source: (1996) In Community Mediation Update. January. No. 6.Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation. Downloaded 7 March 2003.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of South Africa is working to restore past abuses of apartheid by giving survivors the opportunity to express themselves through retelling of their stories. Psychological trauma studies show that revisiting the past event is part of the healing process. Reparation for the traumatic events will focus on free schooling and medical aid. The TRC will operate as a ‘psychologically healing mechanism’ in conjunction with additional psychological and social services to help in the healing process. Though the TRC’s approach will not bring about ultimate healing, it is a step in the right direction.


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