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Reparations are important because they fulfil victims’ rights that have been violated and so begin to repair the social fabric that was torn by conflict. After a conflict has ended many people continue to suffer negative consequences of past human rights violations.

They wait for official recognition of their suffering and of the contributions they made during the conflict. Many victims require material assistance and symbolic recognition to heal their physical and emotional wounds, and restore their dignity.

In this module we will explore the forms of reparation, including material and symbolic reparations.