Helping people who’ve been traumatised by conflict is a key part of Tearfund’s work in the Middle East, particularly among refugees in Jordan and Iraq. The aim of such psychosocial work is to help stabilise people during their displacement and get them on their way to recovery. The most vulnerable are given priority and are identified through local referrals.
We’re providing safe environments where displaced people are encouraged to process and recover from the traumas they’ve experienced. For example, over the last three years, a partner in Jordan has been providing trauma support groups for Syrian women. Each phase of their programme last six months and up to 400 women are involved at a time.
We’re supporting efforts to promote peace in Iraq and Syria several ways. This includes building understanding between faiths by training young people to be catalysts for peace through teaching them leadership and conflict resolution skills, such as how to:
- analyse and propose solutions
- repair relationships and rebuild trust
- spread a culture of peace
So far, 300 young people in Syria and 50 in Iraq have been through this.
Tearfund will be developing new projects to help refugees and internally displaced people throughout 2016.
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