Counseling for Peace in the Midst of War: Counselors from Northern Uganda Share Their Views


This paper describes the way that counselors in northern Uganda are working to promote healing and build peace in a region plagued by war since 1986. In this area where the entire community is affected by the armed conflict, the counselors work as part of a community program. This paper attempts to describe (1) the background and nature of the northern Uganda conflict, (2) how counseling was established as part of a network of community helpers, (3) the complexity of counseling in the context of conflict, (4) how counseling is contributing to building long-term peace in the area, and (5) the challenges faced by counselors and their implications for others working in areas of armed conflict.

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Annan, J.R., Amuge, A.P. & Angwaro, S.T. Counseling for Peace in the Midst of War: Counselors from Northern Uganda Share Their Views. International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling 25, 235–245 (2003).

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  • counseling
  • Uganda
  • peace
  • psychosocial
  • peacebuilding