Iraq: Mental Health Support for Kurdish Refugees Fleeing Syria

Iraq: Mental Health Support for Kurdish Refugees Fleeing Syria

The Bardarash camp in Iraq was opened in October to host Kurdish refugees fleeing northern Syria following the US troop withdrawal and Turkish military operations. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) was able to respond with mental health support in the camp within 48 hours. In this video we follow MSF team members Imad and Hindistan, who provide psychological first aid to refugees in Bardarash, speaking with people about the symptoms of trauma, listening to their stories, and identifying those who might need further assistance. Imad and Hindistan are themselves refugees who came to Iraq in 2013, and this background gives them unique insight into what these new arrivals are going through.

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