With a shortage of therapists in the country, many of the thousands of traumatized victims of war and violence in Iraq are treated with pills that often do not offer a solution for their trauma.
The most well-known cases of trauma are among the many Yezidi victims of
ISIS. But as the militant group gets pushed back further, more victims
are emerging in towns and villages around Mosul, and from the city
As the number of people needing therapy is rising, it is increasingly
important to find ways to educate more therapists. A training of
trainers in art therapy program was, therefore, set up in the Kurdistan
Region capital Erbil.
“The training teaches trainers to use skills that will be an alternative
to the medicine,” said Bahar Ali of the local Emma Foundation, who
organized the training. “Art is an easy tool. We can use it in schools
and shelters, anywhere in the society.”
She pointed out that “especially now after ISIS, it is a good time to start with this therapy, as we do not have the experts.”
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