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Fate, spirits and curses

Fate, spirits and curses

The Auckland-based Refugees As Survivors New Zealand (RASNZ) is the main mental-health agency for United Nations quota and convention refugees. RASNZ works with refugees from a wide range of ethnicities, especially those from the Middle East and Africa. Many have experienced torture and other trauma, sometimes resulting in mental illness. Refugees As Survivors research officer Kathy Jackson has written Fate, spirits and curses: mental health and traditional beliefs in some refugee communities. The book discusses traditional treatments for mental illness, and issues such as the impact of torture on trust and health.

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Reference: Kathy Jackson, Fate, spirits and curses : mental health and traditional beliefs in some refugee communities. Auckland: Auckland Refugees As Survivors Centre, 2006

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Mark Derby, 'Migrant and refugee organisations - Refugee organisations', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/ephemera/27489/fate-spirits-and-curses (accessed 29 September 2020)

Story by Mark Derby, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 22 May 2018