Storytelling and Peacebuilding: Lessons from Northern Uganda

  • Ketty Anyeko
  • Tamara Shaya Hoffmann
Part of the Rethinking Peace and Conflict Studies book series (RCS)


Anyeko and Shaya argue that storytelling can be a powerful tool for peacebuilding, and explore in their chapter how a storytelling project has helped women traumatized by war in Northern Uganda to develop a sense of agency, to call for their rights, to pursue justice, and to make sense of their experiences. Anyeko and Shaya argue that the practice of storytelling gave these local women a space in which to express and process their traumatic memories of war, thus helping to alleviate their feelings of isolation, shame and guilt, and giving them the confidence and freedom to participate in their local communities.


Peacebuilding Storytelling Northern Uganda Trauma Women 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ketty Anyeko
    • 1
  • Tamara Shaya Hoffmann
    • 2
  1. 1.University of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  2. 2.U.S. Department of StateWashington, DCUSA

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