Changing the temporalities of aid success
Drs Rana Dejani (Taghyeer, Jordan) and Orkideh Behrouzan (SOAS, UK).This case brings together research on the visibility of transgenerational trauma and itsintersectional and postcolonial dimensions in contexts of protracted displacement, war,and occupation from the perspectives of medical anthropology and development. Itsfocus from a medical and developmental perspective is hope and agency. It works withrefugees who are displaced or forced to migrate as a result of conflict. It begins not withviolence or trauma but with the problem that many are affected by a lack of purpose,giving up, and a lack of hope. Interventions introduced to help alleviate this situationusually address the specific cause of violence, treating refugees as victims. This casestudy explores the impact of the ‘We Love Reading’ programme, an interventiondesigned to enable refugees to have agency and ownership and design solutions forthemselves to find hope for a brighter future for themselves and their children.