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Writing as healing from war

Voices in Wartime aims to create an active online community 'inspired by the belief that people can and do heal from the suffering of war.' Since 2004, they've been working to create 'a forum where people with widely divergent views can publish their artwork, meet, and exchange ideas in an atmosphere where it is safe to tell the truth.'

I found some of the poems and stories posted on this site very moving but they also gave me some new insights. Some of the contributors are people who have been exiled as a result of war, but also, interestingly, many of them are US soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

In fact, The National Association of Poetry Therapy in the US, has set up an expressive writing programme to help returning veterans and their familes to cope with the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Easy to forget sometimes that there are many kinds of victims of the 'war on terror'. Voices in Wartime invites anyone to submit a poem, story, essay or image to their site.
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