Darfur: Efforts to Forgive and Reconcile in an Unresolved Conflict

  • Suliman A. Giddo
Part of the Peace Psychology Book Series book series (PPBS)


Disasters, whether natural or man-made, have a tremendous psychological impact on individuals, communities, societies, and nations. In the case of natural disasters, the affected people blame their life circumstances (e.g., they live in an earthquake-prone area) even as considerable bitterness remains in their soul and they suffer from lingering trauma. However, in the case of man-made disasters, grievance and bitterness expand beyond the posttraumatic disorder (PTSD) seen in natural disaster victims to become posttraumatic disorder that stems from the violent behavior a victim suffers at the hand of an actual person (Digeser, 2001). In order to discuss this in more depth, let us use the Darfur Genocide as a case study. This chapter will emphasize the psychological impact resulting from the conflict and will focus especially on ways to reach the forgiveness necessary for the healing of a society.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Suliman A. Giddo
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  1. 1.Meaningful Word and Fordham UniversityFairfaxUS

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