Military veterans, largely from Africa, but also from the United States, are gathering in Cape Town for a conference titled “Healing the Wounds of History – Accompanying Military Veterans.”
A spokesperson from the Institute for the Healing of Memories, Fatima Swartz, says the conference will focus on the human cost of liberation wars from both sides. She claims that the role of women in these conflicts and how they were disadvantaged will be highlighted.
The gathering’s objective is to strengthen future support for military veterans.
“We’ll be looking at the healing of memories’ impact stories from military veterans who have participated in our work, but the sharing is with the expressed purpose so that we can see how we can move forward for the next three to five years in accompanying military veterans better so that they can be more productive and live more joyful lives within their communities and within their families.”