Original Research - Special Collection: Humanity

Pastoral care in the healing of moral injury: A case of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans

Herbert Moyo
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 71, No 2 | a2919 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v71i2.2919 | © 2015 Herbert Moyo | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 24 February 2015 | Published: 25 November 2015

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Herbert Moyo, School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, South Africa


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Abstract

This article is in the field of Practical theology with specific reference to pastoral care. The article is motivated by the growing number of conversions of members of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ex-combatants/war veterans), through miracle and spiritual healing Ministries under the leadership of Prophets. This article exposes the challenge of injured morals as a result of traumatic war experiences of ex-combatants during the war of liberation from colonialism in Zimbabwe. The violent acts in the political arena in Zimbabwe are linked to the military behaviour of the ex-combatants. This article also makes a critical analysis of the therapeutic narratives from ex-combatants, to conclude that violence in Zimbabwe is highly related to the injured morals of the ex-combatants. The war veterans are finding healing of moral injury from the miracles and exorcisms performed by Prophets.

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socio-economic; political violence; pastoral care; narratives; healing of moral injury; healing of memories; Gukurahundi

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