Bosnian Death Highway
Social Memory- Fusing memory, phenomenology and domestic space
Categorized in these topics: Conference Feminine Matrix and Female Culture Kolo Trauma Format Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Women's Trauma Issues
Posted Tuesday, April 14, 2009, 11:23 AM
I did not know that I would experience compassion fatigue, and that I would not be able to distance myself from the traumatized Bosnians with whom I was working. My Bosnian American Serb cultural background and my understanding of the language immersed me deeply into the Bosnian situation, and I found myself traumatized each time I set foot on Bosnian soil.
Yet, I knew my strengths in treating trauma in Bosnia were my Bosnian heritage, and mother-tongue skills, along with my experience in trauma treatment. I didn't know at the beginning that I would need to remember to view those skills as an asset, rather than as a liability