Treatment of Trauma on Mobile Phone: The Importance of Self-Help Therapy for Traumatised Communities on the Move

Session Information


The session engages the audience in the innovation of digitally based psycho-social support of trauma in Northern Uganda. Rethinking trauma treatment, the session looks at examples of rehabilitation in Northern Uganda, education for trauma treatment, and trauma treatment via mobile phones. In addition, the situation of traumatized persons on the move, such as refugees, is highlighted.

The session will hear from experts from the University of West London, the ICC Trust Fund for Victims, Tilburg University, Ndejje University, Kampala International University in Uganda, and Ghent University, in collaboration with ICC Trust Fund for Victims (TFV).


Cornelia Toelgyes

Speakers and Facilitators of the discussion

  • Selam Kidane
  • Ilse Derluyn
  • Cheihk Fall (+ video from COOPI)
  • Bertin Bishikwabo (video)
  • Dr Jimmy Ben Forry
  • Dr Primrose Nakazibwe
  • Pauline Kamau

Organisational Descriptions

  • University of West London: UWL works with many partners and tries to promote equality, diversity and safeguarding within their own campus.
  • Kampala International University: KIU, from Uganda, has the vision to become a premier institution of international repute that prepares students for the world of work and or an inclusive society. Its mission is to respond to societal needs by designing and delivering an education guided by the principles and values of respect for society, economy, and environment.
  • Ndejje University: Ndejje University in Uganda has 5 main objectives: (1) providing resources for higher education in a Christian spiritual environment. (2) provide leadership to Church and society in Uganda to solve societal problems unique to Uganda. (3) To
    enhance their student’s individuality and potential to lead a productive life. (4) Provide a holistic curriculum for their students. (5) To combine higher educational life with Christian teachings.
  • Ghent University: Ghent University, in Belgium, enables its students and faculty members to ‘dare to think. Its objectives are to promote: university-wide policy choices, educational strategy, research policy & quality enhancement Internationalisation, diversity & inclusion, environment health & safety, human rights policy, and sustainability.
  • ICC Trust Fund for Victims: The Trust Fund for Victims (TFV) advocates for and assists the most vulnerable victims of the crimes within the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) jurisdiction by mobilising people, funding opportunities for the benefit of victims,
    and implementing court-ordered reparations awards.



Cornelia Toelgyes is a freelance journalist and deputy editor of the online newspaper She mostly covers issues concerning Africa.

Speakers and Facilitators

Selam Kidane

Selam Kidane is a British-based Eritrean human rights defender and co-founder of freedom Friday, a group that helped coordinate underground activists in Eritrea, using technology to get information into Eritrea. She has a PhD in Philosophy and Humanities Studies from Tilburg University. She is now a Lecturer in Psychology at the University of West London and has practised for some years as a Systemic Psychotherapist.

Ilse Derluyn

Ilse Derluyn is a full professor at the Department of Social Work and Social Pedagogy at Ghent University (Belgium). Her main research topics concern the psychosocial wellbeing of war-affected children, young refugees and migrants, unaccompanied refugee minors and victims of trafficking and sexual violence. She has widely published and is also active in training and support for practitioners, including several Enabel projects. She also gives counselling to refugees. Ilse is ERC-grant holder of the research project ChildMove and coordinates the H2020-project RefugeesWellSchool. She is director of the Centre for the Social Study of Migration and Refugees (CESSMIR) at Ghent University and co-director of the Centre for Children in Vulnerable Situations.

Cheihk Fall

Cheihk FALL is an Associate Legal Officer within the Trust Fund for Victims, working mostly on reparations in the case of The Prosecutor v. Thomas Lubanga Dyilo in DRC. Prior to joining the Trust Fund, Cheihk worked at the ICC with the Common Legal Representative of the Victims in the case of The Prosecutor v. Germain Katanga; but also as a lecturer in European, International, and Constitutional Law in a French University; and in various legal capacities in several French Law firms. Cheihk has a strong interest for Reparations, African Union Law, ECOWAS Law, European (institutional and material) Law, Public International Law, Information Technology Law, Sea, Air and Space Law, Sport Law, and International Courts (ICJ, ICC, ITLOS, ILO AT, UN AT, CJAU, CJEU, ECHR, etc.).

Bertin Bishikwabo

Based in Bangui, Central African Republic, he oversees the day-to-day implementation of the Trust Fund for Victims’ programs aimed at addressing the harm suffered by victims as a result of crimes within the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court. The Fund’s programs support victims in rebuilding a dignified and contributing life in their communities. For the past 12 years, Mr. Lukeba has supported the Fund’s implementing partners through technical capacity building in the management and implementation of restorative programs. He has also gained experience in the design and implementation of judicial and non-judicial reparations programs (assistance) in the context of international criminal justice.

Mr. Lukeba also provides communication and liaison with stakeholders such as the Court Registry, victims; counsel, government authorities, civil society organizations, embassies, United Nations agencies/Missions, and other international organizations. Mr. Lukeba also has technical skills in monitoring, evaluation, and learning, collective and community activities, as well as working with victims (former child soldiers, survivors of sexual and gender-based violence) and local communities.

Dr Jimmy Ben Forry

Dr. Jimmy Ben Forry is a young psychiatrist from Uganda pursuing his doctoral studies in humanitarian mental health with a particular focus on trauma and its management within the local context using the available ICT resources. He is also a lecturer at Kampala International University with a penchant for research and its applicability by way of evidence-based practice of Psychiatry.

Dr Primrose Nakazibwe

Primrose Nakazibwe currently works at the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, Mbarara University of Science & Technology (MUST). Primrose does research on gender and commodity chains. Their most recent publication is ‘Towards a Gendered Agro-Commodity Approach’.

Pauline Kamau

Pauline Wangari Kamau (PhD) works with American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) as a Quaker International Representative – Africa, in charge of policy advocacy in the region. She contributes to peacebuilding, policy advocacy, research, and development in the African region. Pauline is a PhD holder in Gender and Development from Kenyatta University, MA in Diplomacy and International Studies, Post Graduate Diploma in Gender and Development Studies from the University of Nairobi, and Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Kenyatta University – Kenya. She has worked with a number of local and international NGOs and INGOs, in Kenya and Africa. She has contributed to research work in various sectors namely gender-based violence, protection of women and children during conflict, and prevention of electoral violence.

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