The majority of the refugees and internally displaced people that Operation Mercy works with in Northern Iraq have experienced trauma due to war and displacement or other events. Unprocessed trauma can have a very negative effect on their lives and the lives of their families and communities. Inability to deal with their own trauma as well as the trauma of others strongly affect the mental health of our beneficiaries as well as our own employees.
Operation Mercy offers a trauma healing course over the course of 5 days for locals in order to build their capacity to process trauma and relate to traumatized people. Trainings are conducted with groups of men and women from various backgrounds: Yezidis, Muslims, and Christians. The goals of this training are two-fold. The first goal is to help the locals find their own personal healing from the traumas they have faced, as many of them are refugees and internally displaced people. The second goal is to equip them in their work as they help others who have been through trauma.
The training covers issues such as domestic abuse, rape, children, self-care, but the emphasis is put largely on the following questions:
Operation Mercy plans to continue to offer this trauma healing course to traumatized groups of men and women in Iraq.