Healing the Violence
Lokahi’s work is ultimately focused on improving the way people, as individuals, then as communities, deal with diversity. But we also seek to reduce hurt, prevent anger and heal the wounds that arise in diverse societies.
We seek to understand the ways religious beliefs, themes, imagery and language are used to justify conflict and violence so that we can heal this type of trauma. We research the causes, vulnerabilities as well as attempted solutions and interventions.
By investigating cases where religious material and motivation is used for good and evil, we aim to counteract or transform conflict situations and support vulnerable or abused individuals.
Developing and evaluating techniques in parternship with practitioners, we aspire to reduce the chance that religion is to do harm.
What does this look like in practice?
LEOS is our unique methodology for bringing together groups locked in conflict. Developed from the experience of Operation Nicole, LEOS triggers the exchange of experience that heals wounds and creates understanding.
Seeing what others undergo – and being understood yourself – makes it possible to move on from violence and conflict.
What is the role religion and culture play in helping to heal the impact of violent conflict? This was the central question of our training course for trauma therapists at the groundbreaking Luna Children's Charity, which equips youth workers in trauma therapy for young people affected by the Lord's Resistance Army.
This three year research project conducted by the Lokahi Foundation investigates community de-radicalization initiatives in a UK context. This project particularly focusses on the preventative approach that has been pioneered in the UK in attempt to deal with violent conflict.