The unheard voices of displaced women of new war: Sierra Leone a case study

Williams, Sylvia (2012) The unheard voices of displaced women of new war: Sierra Leone a case study. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This research aims to highlight the under researched area of the experience of women displaced due to war using the Sierra Leone civil war (1991-2002) as a case study. A literature based review was used to highlight how Sierra Leone can be classified as New War and provided further background information on experiences of war and displacement. Using qualitative research, in the form of unstructured interviews displaced women from Sierra Leone shared their lives, experiences and perspectives of before, during and after the war. Data from the interviews were analysed using thematic analysis to determine patterns in their experiences. Six common themes of the experience of displacement due to war were identified in the data: “fear”, “loss”, “home”, “family”, “religion” and the “unexplainable”. There is much to be learned from the narratives of displaced women who, having been to the limits of pain and uncertainty, have tried to carve out new lives in a new place. Care providers and policy makers can use such insightful information to aid the settlement of refugees form war. The effects of war are vast and affect many, even those who have escaped the immediacy of the battlefield. The consequences of regional wars on non-combatants are many and here I share the knowledge gained from their lived experience.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2012 15:09
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:09
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/9367

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