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Trauma healing evolved into the creation of large, community-made tapestries that tell the stories of violence and displacement as well as the hope of Mampuján.

Juana Alicia Ruiz is an Afro-Colombian community leader of Mampuján, a rural community on the Caribbean Coast of Colombia. Mampuján was forcefully displaced by paramilitary armed forces in 2000 and has since been working to rebuild their community.

MCC, working in the region through an Anabaptist organization, Sembrandopaz, began the work of trauma healing by teaching traditional quilting techniques and opening safe spaces for storytelling. This work evolved into the creation of large, community-made tapestries that tell the stories of violence and displacement, as well as the resilience and hope of Mampuján.

This community process has grown in the past decade to now function as an organization called Women Weaving Dreams and Flavors of Peace, of which Juana is the leader.

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