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Study Finds Reconciliation Programs Can Rekindle Victims' Trauma

The trauma of war cannot easily be forgotten; the atrocities committed during the conflict can not easily be forgiven. Yet both actions are necessary for a nation and its people to move beyond the violence. In an effort to repair social fabric torn by years of strife, many communities have turned to truth-and-reconciliation commissions. These forums give victims of violence a chance to be heard and perpetrators an opportunity to seek forgiveness from their neighbors. Some two dozen...

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