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27 June 2003

From South African sun to Serbian snow - preview

Reflections on visits to two countries emerging from the past

In March this year, I was fortunate to be invited to do some work in South Africa and then in Serbia
  • It was pure coincidence that they followed on from each other so directly, but this prompted me to think about some of the ways in which these two countries are grappling with similar problems

  • The South African visit was initiated by Helen Douglas, Quaker Peace & Social Witness worker at the Kuruman Moffat mission near Kimberley, south west of Johannesburg
  • Helen had been put in touch with me by Martin Wilkinson at Friends House, who arranges the QPSW placements in Africa
  • I had also had correspondence with Richard Aitken, director of the centre, concerning the art work they were developing in the local prison
  • Helen was organising a conference for prison workers in the Northern Cape and asked me to speak about art and art therapy in prisons, and about restorative justice in prisons
  • I had a good welcome there and met the group of people working in their local prison, and Robinson, one of the local prison artists
  • The head of the prison chaplaincy for the area told me about the efforts being made to introduce restorative justice into prisons, and several workers from NGOs were also practising mediation in their work

  • Marian Liebmann

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