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Launching Event for the project “Healing and Reconciliation for Survivors of Torture during the Khmer Rouge Regime”

Launching Event for the project “Healing and Reconciliation for Survivors of Torture during the Khmer Rouge Regime”

On 30 March, TPO Cambodia—in collaboration with Kdei Karuna Organization (KdK) http://www.kdei-karuna.org/ with funding by USAID (https://www.usaid.gov/cambodia) held a launching event for the project “Healing and Reconciliation for Victims of Torture during the Khmer Rouge Regime” At the event, posters with photographs and brief narratives from other former Khmer Rouge members and victim-survivors who have received therapy from TPO revealed their personal journey of healing from their traumas was displayed. The event started with welcoming and opening remarks by TPO Executive Director, Dr.Chhim Sotheara, and Mr. Sean Callahan, USAID Deputy Mission Director following with Overview of the Project Activities by Ms. Om Chariya, TPO Project Coordinator & Heng Sokong, KdK Project Officer and Project Baseline Study Results followed by questions &answers by Mr. Edward Palmer, Ph.D., TPO Clinical Adviser Around 50 participants, including representatives from the US Embassy, USAID, the ECCC, and other national and international organizations and institutions, attended the event.  More information about the project is available at http://tpocambodia.org/healing-and-reconciliation-for-victims-of-torture-of-khmer-rouge-trauma/  ...

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Art, Public Dialogue and Psychology in joined approach to heal the wounds of the past

Art, Public Dialogue and Psychology in joined approach to heal the wounds of the past

On the weekend of 20th – 22nd January 2017, Chaktomuk Theatre in Phnom Penh hosted a performance never seen before. The dance ensemble of Khmer Arts narrated stories of forced marriage under the Khmer Rouge regime through the expressive gestures and movements of classical Khmer dancers. The audience was completely captivated, among them 150 Civil Parties (CPs) from all over Cambodia, themselves victims of forced marriage and sexual violence, who were invited by the ECCC to receive this unusual reparation measure of the ECCC for the crimes committed by the Khmer Rouge regime. The performance was part of the ongoing “Phka Sla Anchor Krom” project, planned and implemented with funding from GIZ and SDC by a consortium of 4 organizations, each with distinctive responsibilities: Khmer Arts Academy, Kadei Karuna, Bophana and TPO. All along the development phase in 2016, civil parties were consulted to draw from their real life experience and feed back into the art process transforming testimonials into poetry, music and dance. All along the consultation events and the final performance nights, TPO counselors supported civil parties psychologically, as the vivid scenes of violence and suffering touched on their affective memory and triggered strong emotional reactions. On the 3 opening nights, TPO provided briefings and debriefings to the audience and remained close with the civil parties during the performance and the following panel discussion. TPO will also continue to support the involved dancers and musicians with self-care sessions, as they have personal involvement into the topic and are deeply touched by the roles they are incorporating. Through a 12 question survey, TPO collected information from the audience,...

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Invitation to Testimonial Therapy 26 Jan in Kg.Thom

Invitation to Testimonial Therapy 26 Jan in Kg.Thom

Transcultural Psychosocial Organization (TPO) kindly invites you to attend the next TESTIMONIAL THERAPY CEREMONY Thursday, January 26, 2017 from 7 am to 11 am Seremongkol Lea Ream (Boeung Khang Choeung) Pagoda Boeung Khang Choeung Village, Boeung Commune Baray District, Kampong Thom Province. Please find detail information in attached TPO_USAID_TT Invitation_Kampong Thom _30 Dec 2016...

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TESTIMONIAL THERAPY WITH CHAM IN KAMPONG CHHNANG

TESTIMONIAL THERAPY WITH CHAM IN KAMPONG CHHNANG

On 21 November 2016, TPO’s Therapist started Testimonial Therapy with Five Cham of the Imam San sect, who survived the Khmer Rouge Regime with traumatic losses and lasting pain, in Chan Kiek village, O Roussey commune, Kampong Trolach district, Kampong Chhnang Province. It was for the first time that they would open up and let their community know what the years under this regime meant for them and what they still carry as haunting memory in the present. Each received 6 individual sessions, before a comprehensive summary of their personal testimonial was read aloud during a public ceremony at the village mosque in front of 70 family and community members . The reading was followed by a healing ritual and blessings of their religious leaders. It was a very moving gathering which ended with expressions of overwhelming gratitude and the expressed desire for more psycho-social support in this community. The participants had also great interest in the guided exhibition of TPO which gave some illustration to the narratives of the survivors as well as to the work of TPO in other Cham villages. This activity is part of TPO’s KRT project “Justice and Relief for the Survivors of Khmer Rouge” funded by the Civil Peace Service of German Development Agency in Cambodia...

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TPO Launching event-a documentary ‘Former Khmer Rouge and Victim-Survivor Dialogues for Healing and Reconciliation, Part Two”

TPO Launching event-a documentary ‘Former Khmer Rouge and Victim-Survivor Dialogues for Healing and Reconciliation, Part Two”

Today at Sunway hotel in Phnom Penh, TPO shown a documentary, ‘Former Khmer Rouge and Victim-Survivor Dialogues for Healing and Reconciliation, Part Two”, as part of program Truth, Reconciliation and Healing in partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). This is the second in a series of videos featuring former members of the Khmer Rouge and victim-survivors. The new film follows two families, once friends but now on separate sides of the issue, as they attempt to reconcile the events of the past. Filming conversations with the families took place over the course of a year in Kampong Chhnang province. The victim-survivors family, who had suffered the loss of family members during the regime and have held feelings of anger against the former Khmer Rouge, describe their struggle to move forward. At the event, posters with brief narratives from other former Khmer Rouge members and victim-survivors who have received therapy through TPO reveal their personal journey from trauma to peace and hope for the future. A panel consisting of representatives from the Victim Support Session of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, TPO staff and representatives from the Youth for Peace organization discussed the process of healing from trauma. This program funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development...

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TPO received a new award from USAID

TPO received a new award from USAID

TPO received a new award from the U.S. government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), to provide innovative mental health therapies and healing methods for individuals and communities in 15 provinces who continue to face trauma from their experiences during the Khmer Rouge regime. The work will be carried out in collaboration with the Kdei Karuna Organization. This new project underscores the U.S. Government’s ongoing commitment to support transitional justice and peace and reconciliation in Cambodia. “The effects of the Khmer Rouge regime still linger for many Cambodians who lived through that terrible period,” said U.S. Ambassador William Heidt. “This project will help thousands of Cambodians who continue to suffer from the memory of that era to have access to essential mental health services that will help them to live happier and more productive lives.” attached press release from US embassy below: 025 – TPO New Award 8-15-2016.AID.PAS(Release-Eng) 025 – TPO New Award 8-15-2016.AID.PAS(Release-Khm)[3]...

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TESTIMONIAL CEREMONY with Civil Parties of Case 002 of the ECCC

TESTIMONIAL CEREMONY with Civil Parties of Case 002 of the ECCC

TPO is organizing TESTIMONIAL CEREMONY with Civil Parties of Case 002 of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) on Friday 29 July in the morning at Toul Sleng Genocide Museum (S21).Detail information please find attached invitation letter. This activities is under project ‘Promoting Gender Equality and Improving Access to Justice for Female and Survivors of Gender-Based Violence under Khmer Rouge Regime’ in partnership with Victims Support Section (VSS) of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) http://www.eccc.gov.kh with funding support from United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-Women) www.unwomen.org. Invitation_TT...

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INTERNATIONAL DAY IN SUPPORT OF VICTIMS OF TORTURE

INTERNATIONAL DAY IN SUPPORT OF VICTIMS OF TORTURE

Every year, TPO Cambodia joins the UN to realize the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture worldwide on June 26. In 2016 TPO Cambodia will hold the annual event at TPO mental health treatment center on Thursday, June 23 with a special ceremony, to which torture survivors and representatives of related organizations are cordially invited. You are welcome to join us! Check out the attached invitation letter for detail information....

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Launch Premier Video”Former Khmer Rouge and Victim-Survivor Dialogue for Healing and Reconciliation” Program”

Launch Premier Video”Former Khmer Rouge and Victim-Survivor Dialogue for Healing and Reconciliation” Program”

TPO is launching Premier Video about ” Former Khmer Rouge and Victim-Survivor Dialogue for Healing and Reconciliation Program” on Monday 23 May 2016 from 18:00-20:00 pm at META HOUSE No # 37 Samdach Sothearos Blvd, Phnom Penh. This video has produced under the Truth, Reconciliation, and Healing Project with funding support from  the generous support of American People through United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Check out the invitation letter and agenda for more information. Invitation_TPO&USAID_Launching event_Video_Former KR and Victim Dialogue_23 May...

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INVITATION TO TESTIMONIAL CEREMONY with CHAM

INVITATION TO TESTIMONIAL CEREMONY with CHAM

TPO, in cooperation with the Victims Support Section of the ECCC (Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia) aims to improve access to legal and psychological services for Khmer Rouge survivors which is generously funded by GIZ (Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit) is organizing TESTIMONIAL CEREMONY with CHAM on Friday 20th May 2016 at 8:00am at Phum Pram Mosque, Svay Klaing commune, Krouch Chhma district, Tbong Khmum province. For more information, please see the attached invitation letter.  TT-invitation-20 May 2016-Kh TT-invitation_20May...

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