Impact of Violence and Torture: On African Families’ Mental Health

This paper will discuss the impact of violence and torture as an everyday reality for families in many African Nations. Implications for mental health professionals working with immigrants who came from Africa will be explored. This paper reviews the literature on experiences of African immigrants who have gone through trauma and torture with a focus on women. These women come with the hope that they will be able to reconstruct their life from trauma they have experienced in their country, only to be disappointed and re-traumatized. The paper traces a real life story of one such woman and draws upon my extensive similar experiences as an African woman and a mother, as a community leader, as an interpreter at The Center for Victims of Torture in Minneapolis for more than ten years, and other events that happened in the community.

Johara Ahmed Mohammed
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