The Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects at Texas Tech has approved my research for this summer. I’m looking forward to a month in my home-away-from-home, making more friends, and learning more.
Now begins the nitty gritty work of coordinating the details, including recruiting the women to participate in the study. Thank goodness for Never Again Rwanda, who will once again host my research in Rwanda.
Here’s what’s on tap: a five-day writing workshop for ten women who survived the 1994 Rwandan Tutsi Genocide and liberation war. The women and I will retreat from daily life to the Hotel Bethanie in Kibuye, on the shore of Lake Kivu. I’ll have a Rwanda female trauma counselor at the workshop in case anyone needs to talk through issues.
We’ll spend some time together developing camaraderie and writing one trauma narrative, the memory of one specific event of those “bad times.” At the conclusion of the workshop, each participant will have her story to do whatever she likes with it. Continue reading