This research paper describes and analyses the defining moments in the journey of healing from sexual violence in the context of armed conflict in Colombia. Following the experience of three women of Tamboreras del Cauca Association, it identifies the external and internal resources that facilitated their journey. Taking reconciliation as the approach and some models as reference, was possible to place this experience as an example of what it takes to restore people´s story and relationships after trauma and how this could be a work in progress towards reconciliation in times of post-agreement in Colombia. Through in-depth interviewing, I could get closer to their stories, and unfold from their narratives, what and how each element has contributed to their transformation, from the individual to the collective space. In particular, the role of aesthetics and metaphors to reach new levels to understand how to address traumatic experiences. From there, bring attention to the creative act and imagination behind reconciliation as a condition, in the log-term, to stable peace.

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Keywords Colombia, Armed Conflict, Trauma, Healing journey, Metaphors, Aesthetics, Reconciliation, Memory
Thesis Advisor Jayasundara-Smits, Shyamika
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Series Social Justice Perspectives (SJP)
Becerra León, Natalia. (2019, December 20). Mapping a journey of healing towards reconciliation: The experience of Tamboreras del Cauca - Colombia. Social Justice Perspectives (SJP). Retrieved from