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Hello Baserange Community,

Today, in celebration of Mental Health Awareness Month, we delve into a profoundly important topic that resonates across generations and cultures – Intergenerational Trauma. It is important for us to explore the enduring impact of post-war and genocide trauma, shedding light on how the world has historically undervalued human life both in the past and present.

We recently had the privilege of visiting Colombia for the third time where we engaged with local communities while sharing and hearing stories of resilience and survival in the face of adversity. From the descendants of indigenous people impacted by centuries of colonization, Afro-Colombian to the survivors of armed conflict seeking peace and reconciliation, their experiences shed light on the deep intergenerational trauma that persists in the region.

Colombia’s history is marked by decades of armed conflict, displacement, and violence, leaving a legacy of trauma that continues to shape the lives of its people today. The resilience of Colombian communities serves as a poignant reminder of the human spirit’s capacity to endure, even in the face of unimaginable hardship.




And as we reflect on our experiences in Colombia and the broader context of intergenerational trauma, we are reminded of the urgent need for collective action and solidarity. By acknowledging the past, amplifying marginalized voices, and advocating for justice and reconciliation, we can begin to heal the wounds of history and build a more just and equitable future for all. 

Often times intergenerational trauma is referred to as emotional and psychological wounds passed down from one generation to another, often stemming from significant historical events such as wars, genocides, slavery, colonization, and systemic oppression. These traumatic experiences can shape the collective psyche of entire communities, influencing behaviors, beliefs, and even physical health across generations worldwide wide.

Throughout history, we've witnessed countless instances where a human life has been tragically undervalued, leaving behind deep scars that continue to haunt societies to this day. From the horrors of slavery and colonialism to the atrocities of the Holocaust and the Rwandan genocide against Tutsi to name a few, the echoes of past traumas reverberate through time, affecting subsequent generations in profound ways.

Sadly, the world continues to grapple with instances of human life being devalued, both on a large scale and in more subtle, insidious ways. From ongoing conflicts and humanitarian crises to systemic injustices and acts of violence today, the cycle of trauma persists, leaving individuals and communities to bear its heavy burden.

Consider the plight of refugees fleeing war-torn regions, the marginalized communities facing discrimination and oppression, or the survivors of mass atrocities seeking justice and healing. These are just a few examples of how the legacy of historical trauma manifests in the present, perpetuating cycles of suffering and injustice.

As members of the global community, it's our collective responsibility to confront and address intergenerational trauma with compassion, empathy, and a commitment to healing. By acknowledging the past, amplifying marginalized voices, and advocating for systemic change, we can work towards building a more just, equitable, and compassionate world for future generations.


We invite you to join us in this vital conversation. Share your thoughts, experiences, and insights on intergenerational trauma, both past, and present. Together, let's create a space for healing, understanding, and solidarity within our Baserange Community and beyond.

As we reflect on the enduring legacy of post-war and genocide trauma, let us remember that healing is possible, and change is within our grasp. By honoring the resilience of survivors, amplifying their stories, and working towards a future rooted in empathy and justice, we can break the cycle of intergenerational trauma and pave the way for a brighter tomorrow.

Thank you for being part of this important dialogue. Your voice matters, your empathy matters, and together, we can make a difference. 


Written for Community Conversations by Alex and Dydine