To assess self image and resilience in the traumatized people of South Sudan before and after exposure to visual image of self with the goal being to fortify dignity in those living with the scars of war and chronic disease.
During a trip to South Sudan in the Spring of 2013, two medical students at St. George’s School of Medicine noticed that during photo documentation that the adults had an high interest in seeing their photos in the camera screen. We often see this with children but not adults. The two students, Cholene Espinoza and Brian Beckord asked if the returning slaves had ever seen their image. Aproximately half had seen themselves in the water. The following trip, we took a mirror and showed the women their image. On a subsequent trip we gave them a Polaroid photo of themselves. This is the first time any of these slaves/returnees had seen a photo of themselves.
For women in our PTSD/Heart project we know that a photo can make a huge difference. One of the women told us that when she started to make money and then brought home a photo her husband started to treat her differently, with more respect.
Donations to the mirror project will be used for purchasing Polaroid Film in the USA, mirrors in South Sudan and follow-up research to find out the impact of seeing self.
For women in our PTSD/Heart project we know that a photo can make a huge difference.