claudia lucia seymour
Author | Speaker | Practitioner
The Myth of
Based on a decade of work as an international protection actor and researcher, this book tells the stories of young Congolese surviving violence, and reflects on how international aid can do harm.
Claudia is a university lecturer, public speaker and trainer on issues relating to child protection, youth, human rights, humanitarianism, resilience to violence and conflict analysis. She is available to develop bespoke events and training workshops in line with client needs.
Claudia has practiced yoga for more than 25 years and has taught across the world. The transformative power of yoga and meditation has gotten her through difficult times. She is committed to working with others to cultivate capacities for mindfulness, acceptance and care.
Claudia is an applied researcher in anthropology and political economy. Her research investigates resilience to all forms of violence, and how young people engage with conflict, adversity and peace. She has worked with multiple United Nations bodies, including UNICEF, the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations, and the UN Sanctions Committee-mandated Group of Experts on the DRC, as well as various protection-focused international NGOs.
While most of her experience pertains to sub-Saharan Africa, her research has also included young people in the Middle East, and now focuses on the concerns of young migrants in Europe. Her current research project, Balancing on the Margins, incorporates both her study of resilience and her practice of yoga and meditation; through ‘observant participation’ and engaged ethnography, she is working with young people to promote well-being and acceptance of oneself and others.
The Myth of International ProtectionWar and Survival in Congo
In this viscerally intense, ethnographically based work, Claudia Seymour relates the heart-wrenching stories of young people in the Democratic Republic of Congo—young people who live on the front lines of conflict, in neighborhoods and villages destroyed by war, and on the streets in conditions of poverty and destitution.
Claudia was born and raised in Bermuda, is of mixed Colombian and British origins, and has lived and worked across an expansive geographical horizon that includes Hangzhou, New York, Monrovia, Goma, London and Antananarivo. Annecy, France is now her home.
Transformation through yoga Claudia has been practicing yoga for over 25 years and qualified as a Vinyasa yoga teacher in 2007 with Cyndi Lee at OM Yoga New York; since then, she has taught wherever she has lived in the world. Her classes are physically rigorous, but light and fun, encouraging every practitioner to simply start where they are, with compassion and non-judgement.