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Aftermath

Duration:
28 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 22 September 2012

When everything falls apart, how do you cope? How do you put a country and a people back together again after a traumatic conflict? And how do individuals come to terms with the end of a marriage?

In this episode of the ideas discussion programme, Bridget Kendall brings together three people to discuss the aftermath of trauma on two levels - the personal and the social.

We hear from Somali archaeologist Sada Mire who argues that a nation's cultural heritage is as basic a need as food and shelter when recovering from conflict. And that's learned from her own experience during the chaos of civil war in her country. Today she runs Somaliland's Department of Tourism and Archaeology and is a fellow in the Department of Art and Archaeology at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London.

The former Canadian diplomat Scott Gilmore warns that international responses to crises are too ambitious, such as trying to impose democracy within a fiscal year or ignoring people's immediate needs. A former UN peacekeeper, he now tries to use trade and investment to end poverty through his non-profit organisation Building Markets.

And writer and novelist Rachel Cusk, talks about the emotional aftermath of her broken marriage. Born in Canada and raised in America, she is an award-winning author of many novels. Her non-fiction includes A Life's Work: On Becoming a Mother and most recently, Aftermath - on Marriage and Separation. She is divorced from her second husband, a photographer, with whom she has two daughters.

  • Sada Mire

    Sada Mire

    Sada Mire was forced to flee Somalia to go into exile when she was only 14, after the execution of her father and the chaos of civil war in her countery. Today she is a fellow at the Department of Art and Archaeology at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London and runs the department of tourism and archaeology in Somaliland.

    Sada Mire
  • Scott Gilmore

    Scott Gilmore

    Scott Gilmore is a former Canadian diplomat and peacekeeper. In 2004 he founded the non-profit organisation ‘Building Markets’ which creates jobs and sustains peace in developing countries by championing local entrepreneurs and connecting them to global supply chains. In 2011, the Canadian national newspaper Globe & Mail designated Scott a “Leading Thinker” on aid, and the World Economic Forum honored him as a Young Global Leader.

    Scott Gilmore
  • Rachel Cusk

    Rachel Cusk

    Rachel Cusk was born in Canada in 1967 and spent much of her childhood in Los Angeles. She is an award-winning author of many novels. Her non-fiction includes ‘A Life’s Work: On Becoming a Mother’. ‘Aftermath- on Marriage and Separation’ is her latest work of non-fiction. She is divorced from her second husband, a photographer, with whom she has two daughters.

  • Sada Mire at Dhambalin

    Sada Mire at Dhambalin

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