Support designed to address psychological scars
Photo: Jeppe Schilder
The past casts a long shadow over the children and youth of Sri Lanka. Many lost - or were separated from - family members as a result of the civil war. An entire generation still lives with constant feelings of fear, anxiety and depression. They are denied their fundamental right to grow up free from fear and trauma.
War Child’s programme in Sri Lanka is designed to address these psychological scars. Our psychosocial support activities are designed to enable children and youth to build on their inner strength and resilience. This enables them to cope with the adversities and barriers they face in their day-to-day lives.
Ronaldino (15): “I don’t remember much but my elder sister was killed during the war. One of my uncles lost a hand - he later died too. My mother told me that our family suffered a lot. They had to escape from several places and my sister died during a sea crossing. Our cousin and his brothers still live in a camp today.”
“I am very happy to go to the War Child sessions. I learn many things related to my school education. We are taught that everybody should live in unity. We must accept everybody and build unity within the community. There is great scope for me to make progress.”
“I enjoy acting and I want to become a drama teacher. We can’t have big ambitions because of our poverty. But we can take part in drama.”