Masterclass - Trauma and war: Ending the silence

Oct. 27, 2020


Vader met zijn kinderen lopend door een vluchtelingenkamp
Life in the midst of violence and armed conflict results in a dark legacy of psychological suffering - a legacy that is passed down through generations. Research into the intergenerational transmission of trauma is increasing - yet there is little consensus on its causes and manifestations. So how can we end the silence - and better understand the social, genetic and psychological drivers behind the transmission of trauma?

These issues will be explored in the next War Child Masterclass where we will be joined by Dr Ria Reis - professor of medical anthropology at Leiden University and Honorary Professor at the Children’s Institute of the School of Child and Adolescent Health at the University of Cape Town - and leading cultural anthropologist Dr Lidewyde Berckmoes.

The Masterclass discussion will be followed by a very special session with leading Dutch author and television presenter Adriaan van Dis. Adriaan will share his personal experiences of growing up with the dark legacy of trauma - and how these experiences have affected him today. (Please note that this section of the programme will be in Dutch - all other sessions will be conducted in English).

This Masterclass event forms part of our ‘Ending the Silence’ campaign. The campaign marks the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War with a call for the world to increase psychosocial support for children living with the effects of violence and armed conflict - support denied to children in 1945.

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Adriaan van Dis shares how the wartrauma of his parents effected his upbringing.

Photo: Annaleen Louwes

Date and location

Tuesday 27 October 2020

This masterclass was originally scheduled for April 21. If you have already registered, you do not have to do this again. In the autumn we will send you more information about the program, the location and the speakers.

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Thank you for registering for the masterclass. We will inform you about the program and final location in the coming weeks. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact War Child at or call +31 (0)20 422 77 77