Music by torture survivors express protest, love and hope
|Stone Flowers, a British song-writing and performing project with 21 refugees who are also torture survivors – and both amateur and professional singers and instrumentalists – launched their debut album on 25 September 2011.
The group comprises of Congolese, Iranian, Lebanese and Kurdish women and men.
Following a campaign by the British Musicians’ Union highlighting the use of music as torture, musician Aidan Jolly approached the Medical Foundation of the Care of Victims of Torture (MF) with the idea to create music with torture survivors. His idea was to begin a series of workshops that use music in a positive way to support survivors of torture in their re-integration into society.
Together with Aidan, the Medical Foundation approached Musicians without Borders – a charity organisation which uses music to reduce the stressful effects of war and to “connect people across cultural, political and religious borders for peace and positive change” – to co-ordinate, deliver and develop the idea into a three year project. Also, Freedom from Torture – an organisation dedicated to the treatment of torture survivors – was approached and Freedom from Torture’s North West centre in Manchester joined the project. 150 people from nearly 40 different countries were referred to this centre for help in 2010.
The ‘Stone Flowers’ CD
Musicians without Borders
Musicians without Borders – September 2011:
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