Memory and Community Healing Venue: Omadu Hotel, Kezi Date: 22 November 2018 Time: 0800hrs to 1700hrs Background According to Amadiume and An-Naim (2000:31)1, “a people who do not preserve their memory are a people who have forfeited their history”. Looking back at the past helps in exploration of a past wrong which can; ...serve as entry points into any evident malaise within societies, into an understanding of the eruptions that confound even our grossest projections of the capacity of humanity for unconscionable acts of violation against its own kind (Amadiume and An-Naim (2000:22) A reflection on what transpired in the past including the role played by both victims and perpetrators enables projection of future violations and can be used in preventing a repeat act. Memorialisation and memory can be demonstrated by the erection of public memorials and these may be “physical representations or commemorative activities” 1 Amadiume, I. and A. An-Na’im (2000) The Politics of Memory –Truth, Healing & Social Justice. London: Zed Books Page | 1

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