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Jakarta Post

Shiite children in desperate need of psychological counseling

  • Wahyoe Boediwardhana

    The Jakarta Post

Sampang   /   Thu, August 30 2012   /  09:39 am

Children affected by Sunday’s riot in Sampang, Madura, East Java, are in desperate need of psychological counseling to help ease their trauma of witnessing the violence that led to the death of two Shiites and injured several others.

This was apparent in the writings and drawings of 64 children and 31 toddlers, who expressed their own fears of being attacked, having their homes burned and having to flee into the forest.

Zulfa, one of the children, wrote that she was scared of being beaten by someone, having her house razed to the ground and being attacked with sharp weapons.

Zulfa and other child victims are currently being sheltered in indoor tennis courts at the Sampang sports center together with adult evacuees.

A number of volunteers from the Sampang Child Committee are staying with them, trying not to let the children become lost in their thoughts.