Middle East Project
We have seen a distinct rise in traumatic experiences in the Middle East during the last decade. The post Arab Spring situation in Syria and other neighbouring countries still gripped by civil war continues to cause terror, displacement, death and poverty across the entire region. The complex Israeli / Palestinian situation is no nearer a resolution. The Iraq War, started in 2003, continues to have serious impact on its citizens.
The demand for help with psychological wounds caused by the trauma of war is overwhelming and the resources to assist are scarce.
The Middle East Project began in November 2013. Thirty mental health practitioners from Syria, Iraq, Libya, Egypt, Jordan and Turkey’s refugee camps began their Trauma Aid UK EMDR Training in Istanbul. It was delivered in Arabic by Mona Zagrout, an EMDR Trainer from Palestine and her team of facilitators. Emre Konuk, an EMDR Trainer in Turkey, generously provided his premises for training.