‘There’s no thing as a whole story’: Storytelling and the healing of sexual violence survivors among women and girls in Acholiland, northern Uganda

  • Seun Bamidele


Storytelling has become an acceptable intervention tool among
transitional justice promoters and peace-builders because of its cathartic
nature and ability to help society in transition to come to terms with a
traumatic past. It has played a significant role in the area of truth finding
and accountability and has been widely used in several countries in the
last decade. In this article the focus is on Acholi women and girls in
Acholiland, northern Uganda, who have suffered most severely from the
impact of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) led by Joseph Kony. Their
stories of trauma in the face of terror have not been properly acknowledged.
This paper examines the role of storytelling in the healing of sexual
violence survivors. It argues that constructive storytelling projects can


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