Nursing the mental scars of war: How UK aid is preventing a lost generation of children

‘I want others to follow our lead in helping to rebuild the shattered lives of children and heal the mental scars of war so they can look forward to their tomorrow’

Penny Mordaunt

The Independent Voices

A young Syrian refugee in a makeshift camp ( Getty )

Every day millions of innocent children around the world experience unimaginable horrors because of war.
Some have fled their bombed-out homes in the middle of the night. Many have witnessed their mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters killed in front of them. And when they have escaped conflict, many find themselves living in an unfamiliar world, where all sense of normality has disappeared.

As well as the physical scars, many children will be living with the mental scars witnessing the terrible atrocities of conflict.

As well as food, shelter and education, these children need mental health and psychosocial support – such as safe spaces – to help rebuild their lives, receive the opportunities they deserve and help shape their countries’ futures.

The Independent and the Evening Standard, in partnership with War Child, has rightly raised awareness of this important issue through their Learn to Live campaign.



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