Surviving Gun Violence—Update

Posted on November 29, 2013

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News from the Surviving Gun Violence Project

This project works to highlight the links between gun violence and trauma, impairment, disability, human rights, rehabilitation and recovery.

The e-resources section of the website is where +450 articles and studies are available and are cross-referenced to various themes. This is a growing resource and the organisers welcome the contribution of more reports.

Additionally, soon the project will be releasing a unique book, Gun Violence, Disability and Recovery. It seeks to stimulate discussion and debate about the experiences, rights and needs of gun violence survivors, and how they can, and must, be better understood and addressed.

The book contains stories and reflections from over 35 survivors of gun violence from all over the world including Albania, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Norway, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Uganda and the USA.

The book contains a mixture of thematic chapters (victims’ rights and international standards, traumatic injuries, rehabilitation, social protection) and country studies (Somalia, Sth Africa, Canada, India, Guatemala and shorter pieces on Haiti, El Salvador, Norway, Guyana) and much more.

It also includes contributions from some 45 practitioners and professionals—physiotherapists, trauma surgeons, disability rights activists, nurses, gender specialists, violence reduction practitioners, aid workers, lawyers, victims’ rights advocates, psychologists, sociologists, social workers, criminologists, economists, social protection experts, and community workers.

The SGVP Facebook page is the best place to follow their work, and also to contribute to it. You can also follow on Twitter.

3-10 December Opinion Pieces from the forthcoming book, “Gun Violence, Disability and Recovery”

From 3 December, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities through to 10 December, World Human Rights Day, the Surviving Gun Violence Project will be posting opinion pieces from its forthcoming book from survivors of gun violence. These will be available online and via Facebook.

During the period 3-10 December you can read about the perspectives and experiences of:

1.      Javed Tak in Kashmir, paralysed due to gunshot wounds received in an attack by militants. Javed had no access to rehabilitation for 10 years, which increased the degree of his resulting impairment.
2.      Louise Russo in Canada, paralysed in the crossfire of criminal violence, Louise later founded WAVE (Working Against Violence Everyday) and received an extraordinary compensation pay-out from the proceeds of crime confiscated from the gang responsible for her shooting.
3.      Danilo in El Salvador, shot while being robbed of $10 on a bus on his way to work. Danilo now has paraplegia, but is one of the lucky few who got a place at the ISRI Rehabilitation Centre.
4.      Michelle Fernando in Australia, whose sister murdered their father with a stolen handgun from a sports shooting club while suffering from acute mental illness.
5.      Lomeruka Kristen in northern Uganda, whose arm was amputated due to a gun injury. A widowed mother of six children, she has had almost no support since her injury and relies on the dwindling good will of her community.
6.      Ronnie Fakude in South Africa, paralysed from a car-jacking, and on remand in prison for over 18 months by the time the Wits Justice Project discovered his plight. Sharing a cell meant for 32 people with 88 inmates, forced to crawl to the food hall to access one meal a day, Fakude’s profile illustrates the overlooked situation of prisoners living with disability.
7.      Vera and Wellington in Brazil, mother and son, reflecting on the crossfire injuries that paralysed Wellington at the age of 19. They discuss the struggle of caregivers, the challenges of maintaining positive mental health and the lack of access to public services.

Book availability: The release of the book will be posted on the above platforms as well as the website.

All proceeds from the sale of the book are going to the Transitions Foundation in Guatemala, an inspiring organisation working with little sustained financial support, established by survivors of violence working directly with people injured and impaired from gun violence, as well as disability more broadly.

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Banner image courtesy of the Surviving Gun Violence Project