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Syria appeal tackles three years of emotional damage

13 March 2014

A woman holds two children

Three years since the Syria conflict began, a new British Red Cross appeal is helping people cope with the psychological impact of the crisis.

Syria: Compassion in Conflict will fund vital emotional support for men, women and children inside the country.

The conflict has put millions of people at risk of potentially negative psychological effects. These people may have seen violence and the death of friends and loved ones, or left their homes and communities to flee for safety.
 
The appeal will support activities undertaken by the Syrian Arab Red Crescent.

This may include support groups and one-to-one counselling with trained experts, designed to help people cope with trauma and rebuild their lives.
 
The Syrian Arab Red Crescent runs sessions that help children heal the emotional scars of the conflict through games, role-play and creative play like drawing and painting.

Valentina Stivanello, British Red Cross Syria Crisis programme manager, said: “This terrible conflict has caused huge emotional damage. These wounds can be just as devastating as physical injuries. Our support will help people come to terms with what they’ve seen and how they’re feeling”.

The Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is providing other essential aid, including food, shelter, clean water and vaccinations, to people inside and outside Syria.

But volunteers and staff continue to face violence as they deliver this support. The Movement has made an unprecedented joint call for all parties to the conflict in Syria to guarantee the safety of aid workers and ensure their unimpeded, immediate access to people in need across Syria.

Donate to the Syria: Compassion in Conflict appeal.

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