Hiding Time (Jordan)

Changing the temporalities of aid success

Drs Rana Dejani (Taghyeer, Jordan). This case brings together research on the visibility of transgenerational trauma and its intersectional and postcolonial dimensions in contexts of protracted displacement, war,and occupation from the perspectives of medical anthropology and development. Its focus from a medical and developmental perspective is hope and agency. It works with refugees who are displaced or forced to migrate as a result of conflict. It begins not with violence or trauma but with the problem that many are affected by a lack of purpose,giving up, and a lack of hope. Interventions introduced to help alleviate this situation usually address the specific cause of violence, treating refugees as victims. This case study explores the impact of the ‘We Love Reading’ programme, an intervention designed to enable refugees to have agency and ownership and design solutions for themselves to find hope for a brighter future for themselves and their children.