Protecting Children from Post War Trauma Syndrome

On the 12th of July Lebanon witnessed the “Hot Summer War”.  The Israeli military targeted the south and the southern suburbs of Beirut, which suffered frequent and significant bombing raids. The Palestine refugee camps, especially Bourj Al Barajneh and Shatila camps were endangered and threatened because of their proximity to the identified targets.  Both these Beirut camps are in the general area of the Hezbollah offices and were completely destructed. 

The Palestinian communities in these areas chose to stay in the camps to avoid a second experience of displacement. Children and youth are particularly vulnerable at the time of war and the children of our camps suffered intense fear and anxiety. The aim of this project was to help the effected children to deal with the fear and violence they lived through during the war. The project targeted activities to help the children relax and prepare themselves for the coming school year, as well as working with parents to give them skills to support their children’s recovery.

The project commenced in September 2006 and ran for 6 consecutive months, employing two full time and two part time psychologists.  The WHO teachers received training course to increase their skill levels when working with children and youth effected by the war.    

WHO has also focused on relief and aid work during this latest war. This relief work has continued after the war as the resources of our community are not sufficient to financially recover from the impact of the war. 

Funded by Canadian Embassy