This body map was created in Kalehe by six individuals, all of whom are female former underage combatants. Staff from PREV-HIA, HHI and ECI oversaw this body mapping session.

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The Kalehe participants highlighted the potential for witnessed, as opposed to directly experienced, violence as being painful in its own right. They describe how: “[Soldiers’] ears heard lots of things that traumatized them. They heard a lot of awful stuff – noise. They heard gunshots.” On the body map, this is represented by an arrow coming from a combatant with a gun (small figure to the right of the figure’s head). The arrow also represents harsh words other combatants would say to women in armed groups.


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