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Narratives for the Emergence of Forgiveness, Reparation and Reconciliation in Victims of the Armed Conflict in Colombia

Elsy Mercedes Domínguez De la Ossa, María Angélica Aleán Romero

Aposta Revista de Ciencias Sociales, 2020

Research details

Type of paper: Primary Empirical Study

Sample size: 40

Open Access: Yes


In peacebuilding processes in Colombia, forgiving, reconciling and seeking reparations for victims become necessary and decisive conditions. Previous studies indicate that when negative feelings that arise after a grievance are not addressed, the risks of becoming ill are increased and affect the processes of reparation and reconciliation. In this work we sought to understand the perspective of the victims, in relation to the action of forgiveness and the implications for reparation and reconciliation. The methodology was narrative, with the participation of 40 people who have suffered the effects of displacement. The results indicate that for the victims, although the action of forgiving allows to alleviate the evil caused, it is conditioned by several processes such as the repair of the damages, the repentance of the aggressors and the readiness to tell the truth about the conflict. These results have implications for the construction of a new history.