On trauma, memory, community, place. | 16/31

Blaming the sufferer, being unwilling to empathize……

Daniel Drennan ElAwar

The following is from a series of musings on trauma, memory, community, and place. The introduction to the series and beginning essay [link] explains the purpose of this month of entries.

I remember after the July War in 2006 I was back in the States visiting.

I imagined it might be cathartic to talk to friends and family face-to-face about what happened during that month.

Maybe communicate in some small way what it was like.

Except I came up against people’s preconceptions.

Their expectations; their mythologies; their quite emphatic need to not know.

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