It feels a bit unreal and as being in a parallel world when entering into the prison. We walk through five security checkpoints before we arrive in the training room. It’s a large, bright yellow and quite cold room with plastic chairs and a flip chart. We must leave all our electronics – phones, laptops, tablets –on the outside. So, no PowerPoint or other types of aid. Back to basics.
“Mental health and psychosocial support is not an appendix. It is at the core of what we do when we do health. We want to harmonise our approach but also bring it to the States, because the Movement won’t be able to do this alone” Yves Daccord, Director-General, ICRC
By some miracle, the conservatory wasn’t badly damaged. The first thing we did was to clean it up. We put in a space heater, some nice furniture and cosy lightning. Then, amidst all the chaos, filth and uncertainty, we had a sanctuary. It was a place to be and for the neighbours to come together.
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Azad and Nashmia fled northern Iraq the day that 10 of their family members were kidnapped. Their only thought was to get to somewhere safe, somewhere that could protect them from the violence and uncertainty they faced every day in their village.