Child Abuse and Trauma Management – Facts, Culture, Lessons to be learned

FENZA attracted over 50 people to its regular conference on the 24th April 2013 dedicated this time to child abuse and trauma management. The Director, Father Gotthard Rosner, was very pleased to introduce the Bemba group Fimbusa founded in 2008 and aiming at preserving traditional cultural values. This group is composed of six men and 17 women from various cultural backgrounds but using primarily Bemba symbols in their teaching. They operate as a research group within FENZA.
Jacek Rakowski, from the Home of Hope, was also invited to present facts about the reality of child abuse. According to his research, 85% of cases of abuse are related to neglect, so called emotional abuse. It is particularly the case in dysfunctional families or related to social poverty. For many children, life is nothing else than a hostile environment. Consequently, traumatic experiences remain as lifelong scars. Physical abuse, including sexual ones, from which discipline beatings are not easy to distinguish, ends up with injuries.
Sexual abuse takes place most of the time within the family set up where the “conspiracy of silence” and the denial of abuse reinforce the traumatic burden of the victim. Very often, abusers have been abused themselves and also need help.
Finally, to conclude the presentations, Patrick Mumbi, psychologist and anthropologist, gave a magisterial presentation of the negative effects imparted upon victims of child abuse. As counsellors or helpers, we are all invited to listen to the various personalities which are hidden within a traumatised person. By all means, an abuse should never be hidden. It must be said, preferably denounced. The wrongdoer is the abuser, not the child.
We are looking forward to attend the next FENZA Conference.

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Lumimba Pastoral Team 2013

Lumimba Pastoral Team 2013

From Left to Right:
1. Abusa Zimba-Catechist-(Mwanya outstation),
2. Fr Phelim Malumo (Assistant Priest-Ministry),
3. Abusa Mpande-Catechist (Chasera outstation)
4. Br Jonas Mensah (Stagiere-1st Year)
5. Fr Pawel Mazurek (Parish Priest)
6. Fr Frederic Ajaruva Bedijo (Curate & Community Animator).
1. Abusa Gondwe (Catechist Lumimba outstation)
2. Abusa Zimba (Chiweza Outstation).


Atiman House in Dar es Salaam

The annual meeting of the three Spiritual Year Formation Centres of our Society took place recently in Tanzania.Atiman House in Dar es Salaam The confreres had time to share views and experiences and Luigi Morell gave an input on Evangelical Counsels which brought lots of discussion.
The confreres were welcomed by Vincent Tran and Patrick Norah at Atiman House in Dar es Salaam. They were Grégoire Milombo and Prosper Mbusa from Bobo-Dioulasso, Ferdinand Van Campen from Arusha and Francis Bomansaan with Patrick Bataille from Lua Luo Kasama. Also present; Sergio Villasenor from the General Counsel, Jean-Michel Laurent as Secretary to the formation, Luigi Morell as facilitator, Victor Lijaji as translator and Anselme Somda as secretary.
The participants enjoyed an outing at the Spiritan Center in Bagamoyo. They also visited the museum, had a nice meal and some of them enjoyed a swim in the ocean.
Reported by Patrick Bataille, M.Afr
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White Fathers’ House
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The White Fathers’ House (also known as Atiman House) is a historical building in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. It is located in Sokoine Street, north-est of St. Joseph’s Cathedral. It is named after the White Fathers, as the building has been the seat of their mission since 1922. The alternative name of “Atiman” refers to Adrian Atiman, an African physician who was freed from slavery in Nigeria by the White Fathers and later served in Tanzania until his death, in 1924.
The building is believed to have been built in the 1860s (possibly 1866) as a harem for Sultan Majid of Zanzibar. In 1922, it was sold to the White Fathers, and became their main base in East Africa. The building is open to visitors and has a little exhibit with old pictures of Dar’s sea front, dating back to the years of German rule (early 20th century).
Bagamoyo: Spiritan Center
Some 70km north of Dar es Salaam, on the coast opposite the southern tip of Zanzibar, Bagamoyo was once one of the most important trading ports on the East African coast. The former capital of German East Africa, it is now the center of some building in the region. Bagamoyo however has increased in importance today. Missionary Spirit Travel will guide you to rediscover the roots of the Holy Ghost Congregation (Spiritans) in East Africa. This historical background from the first Spiritan Missionaries who came into East Africa over 100 years ago can be vitalised by the presence of a cross, cemeteries, museums and other ethnographica material.
Also a church.
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