WAR SURVIVORS UNITE THROUGH MUSIC
War survivors unite through music rehab
TUESDAY 7TH APRIL 2015
A musical group called the ‘Stoneflowers’ is formed of war a trauma survivors who sing and write about family tortures, loss, destruction, hope and resilience in their native languages from their hometowns which include Iran, Kuwait, Sri Lanka, Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The comprised political, ethical and therapeutic group was moulded 4 years ago in Manchester, where they are still based today.
Stone Flowers is supported by the charity Musicians without Borders UK and Freedom from Torture North West. The group is performing live at numerous events and is now recording a new album, Ngunda, which will be launched at Amnesty International HQ in London on 5 June. The album takes its name from one of its 10 tracks, Ngunda Azali Mutu, which means “a refugee is a human being” in the Bantu language Lingala.
Every survivor of the melodic group has experienced traumatic experiences back home or during war. Music allows the expression of complex emotions without having to be cognitively acknowledged – it can go straight from emotions to expression without having to be coded verbally,” explains director of Musicians without Borders UK Lis Murphy.
Members of the group feel that the way they approach their attacks is key to having a positive life after trauma, they believe that heeling is a big process of growing. Moving forward and allowing the world to hear their own experiences educates, heals and brings people together. Most important is to communicate that refugees are human beings,” says one group member. “We are fighting for our human rights through our songs and raising awareness about torture because of the way we are viewed outside of our countries.”
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