Trauma, Culture and Community Resilience in Nepal

Trauma, Culture and Community Resilience in Nepal

Societies most affected by trauma are often also disproportionately affected by poverty.  Indeed the coincidence of poverty and the experience of trauamtic events can be seen as a symptom of global ineqaulity and injustice (Muldoon & Lowe, 2012). Many commentators argue that a lack of democracy and the very real illegitimacy of global inequality that contributes to violence, conflict and war which in turn increases the liklihood of traumatic experiences. Despite this, communities affected by traumatic experiences often have the ability to respond to stress and resources that those affecetd by crises can harness.  In collaboration with colleagues in University of Katmandu, this project seeks to understand how social and community factors can support people through trauamtic times in Nepal.  Thhis work which is being led by Dr. Judi Pettigrew and Prof Orla Muldoon in collaboration with Khagendra Acharya seeks to increase comparative knowledge on the impact of political violence in Nepal and Northern Ireland.  Sadly during the lifetime of this project, Nepal was devastated by an earthquake and the focus of our recent research efforts has been related to the impact of that disaster.

This work is supported by an Irish Research Council dissemination award and EHS seed funding to Dr. Judi Pettigrew.