As any combat veteran or war refugee will tell you, long after physical injuries heal and hostilities end, it is often the "hidden wounds of war" that persist and present the greatest challenge. As Iraq emerges from the nightmare of ISIS and war, there are hopeful signs. Displaced families are returning home. Children are back in school. Businesses have reopened. Civil society and youth volunteers are coming together to help clear rubble and rebuild. Yet as Iraq recovers and tries to move forward, there is a critical gap that requires immediate attention. Today across Iraq, untold numbers of families and children are suffering from post-traumatic stress and other disorders.
As EPIC reported last year, few are receiving the appropriate treatment and care that they desperately need. You can help. Right now we have an opportunity to kick start the provision of urgently needed mental health care in Iraq.
We have the right team of psychologists, the right partners in the field, and the right relationships with Iraqi health officials to make this happen. We need your help to bring it all together.
Help us bring more reasons for hope and peace of mind to children and families in Iraq by kick starting vital efforts to identify and treat the “hidden wounds of war.”