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> Egypt: UN initiative to support children traumatised by recent violence

UNICEF and local partners in Egypt have launched a psycho-social progamme to support children traumatised by recent violence and uprising which led to the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak.  Children not only witnessed the violence, but there are also reports that they were paid to particpate in counter-demonstrations and detained.  Recent estimates indicate that 365 people were killed and 1000's injured in the unrest.  The programme aims to support to young people in overcoming the psychological distress caused by being exposed to "severe violence, witnessing people killed and badly injured." Under the initiative social workers and teachers are being trained to idenitfy signs of stress and trauma and to provide psychological support, referring on to specialised services where appropriate.

 

Original article: UN News, Egypt: UN launches initiative for children traumatized by recent violence, 23 February 2011, http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=37607&Cr=egypt&Cr1=

Posted in Latest News on 25/02/2011

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