The European Commission helps Syrian refugees suffering from conflict-related depression

August 23, 2018
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There are more than 3.5 million Syrian refugees in Turkey. In addition to their basic needs such as food, health, and education, most Syrian refugees suffer from conflict-related depression. With the generous support from the European Commission’s Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO), Refugee Support Center (MÜDEM), with the assistance of Relief International, addresses a variety of specific needs faced by the refugees.

When Ahmad Kardie was 15 years old, a bomb exploded and the wall collapsed on him leaving him partially paralysed. When the social workers of Refugee Support Center (MÜDEM) first met Ahmad, he was depressed. After the social worker’s assessment, MÜDEM’s disability expert found an appropriate wheelchair and a physiotherapist started working with Ahmad.

Psycho-education helped to rebuild Ahmad’s confidence and reduced his anxiety. After the sessions, he started to integrate into the local community. Ahmad was also referred to MÜDEM’s shoe-making course so that he could learn a trade to expand his employment opportunities.

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