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Addressing Social Needs Of IDPs, Not Enough – Clergy



The executive director of Lux Terra Leadership Foundation, Rev Father George Ehusani, has said that even though addressing the social needs of the internally displaced persons is good, it is much more important to address the long term psychological trauma, distress that may have arisen as a result of the insurgency.
He said this recently, at a certificate award ceremony for participants in a training programme themed, ‘Basic Skills For Psycho-Trauma Healing,’ which was organised in collaboration with Nasarawa State University in Abuja.
According to the clergy man, paying attention to healing the minds of the victims of these heinous acts is as important, if not more important, as all that we see being done in the camps at the moment.

“I see a lot of government and international agencies coming to deliver a lot of relief materials to the IDPs camps, but the long term psychological trauma, damage, distress is not being addressed and if everything is left unaddressed, we are in real trouble because those whose traumas are not healed, become perpetrators of violence also.
“I saw all that as a vacuum in our system and decided to fill that vacuum by initiating this project of training many trauma healers. We put together a one-week training for any social worker, NEMA worker, priests, pastors and imams, to give them basic training so that they can function efficiently well among several trauma victims, helping to counsel and heal them.”

Lux Terra Leadership Foundation is a non-governmental organisation which is, among other things, focused on the psycho-trauma healing of distressed people, especially victims of the boko haram insurgency.



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