The Importance of Resilience
Helping War-Affected Children
It is important to note that there are children who are directly impacted by war, experiencing rape, recruitment into armed forces, imprisonment, and murder. Similarly, there are children who are indirectly affected by war, including those who experience hunger, poverty, separation from parents, displacement, etc. Children directly and indirectly affected by war alike must receive psychosocial support.
Psychosocial support addresses basic needs (food, water, medical care, etc.) while helping heal not only the individual but the community as a whole. It is vital to have community groups and events in villages and camps that have been affected by conflict to bring a sense of normalcy. From art programs and cultural events, children are more able to positively cope with adverse circumstances.
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