Invisible wounds

When Nelson Mandela reflected on his Robben Island experiences on returning there in 1994 he said: "Wounds that can't be seen are more painful than those that can be seen and cured by a doctor".

vivo - victim's voice

"If I remain silent I poison my soul, silence never helps the victim."
Elie Wiesel


In recent years, the world has witnessed an escalation of violence and atrocities in an increasing number of armed conflicts. Modern warfare aims at threatening and fighting civilians rather than foreign armies. Mass expulsions, massacres, mutilations and even genocide have become commonplace. Over 100 states worldwide continue to utilize torture against political or cultural minorities in order to maintain power. These forms of severe human rights violations have devastating effects on individuals and communities alike. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), more than 30 million people are currently on flight. Most of the refugees are living in degrading conditions in refugee camps or provisional settlements in developing countries, some of them for an indefinite time.

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Contact persons vivo international

Dr. Michael Odenwald (president of the board)
Clinical Psychology, University of Konstanz
at the Center for Psychiatry / ZPR
Feursteinstr. 55
Haus 22, EG
D- 78479 Reichenau-Lindenbühl
Germany

+49- 7531-88-4623

Email: michael.odenwald@uni-konstanz.de

vivo international e.V.
Postbox 5108 Konstanz
D- 78430 Konstanz
Germany


Italy: Dr. Claudia Catani
+49 (0)521 1064492 (Bielefeld, Germany)
Email: claudia.catani@vivo.org

Nordic Countries: Hakon Stenmark und Merethe Garnes Hellen
Håkon Inge Stenmark
+47 90 86 29 14 (Trondheim, Norway)
Email: hakon.stenmark@vivo.org

Merethe Garnes Hellen
+47 93 05 86 95 (Trondheim, Norway)
Email: merethe.hellen@vivo.org

USA: Dr. Liz Wieling
+1 (952) 215-1729 (Minnessota, USA)
Email: lwieling@umn.edu

Netherlands contact person for Narrative Exposure Therapy: Dr. Ruud Jongerdijk
Stichting Centrum '45
+31 (0)715191500 (Oegstgeest, The Netherlands)
Email: r.jongedijk@centrum45.nl