CURRENT AFFAIRS

Objectification and abjectification of migrants: reflections to help guide psychosocial workers

Abstract: This is a personal reflection concerning the migration crisis in Europe and its political repercussions on migration policies around the globe. Instead of the usual focus on analyses of needs, this article examines a variety of philosophical categories, such as objectification, abjectification as well as political paradigms, including the risk management approach to governance.

Importance of supporting survivors through a mental health and psychosocial support lens to ensure justice: a case study of girls who were raped and abused in a childcare home in Nepal

Abstract: This field report from Nepal highlights the importance of mental health and psychosocial support in ensuring justice for survivors of sexual violence and abuse. It solidifies how psychosocial support can help to improve the low rate of reporting of sexual violence and lead to higher rates of convictions of perpetrators.

Addressing gender based violence and psychosocial support among South Sudanese refugee settlements in northern Uganda

Abstract: This personal reflection describes how the nongovernmental organisation, TPO Uganda, tried to expand an existing programme providing psychosocial support to survivors of sexual gender based violence in refugee camps in Adjumani District to Bidibidi in Yumbe District, Uganda with an enormous group of new refugees from South Sudan.

Socio-economic and psychological effects of terrorist bomb blasts on the lives of survivors: an exploratory study on affected individuals

Abstract: This study explored the socio-economic and psychological effects of terrorist bomb blasts on the lives of survivors, using a qualitative research method. Results have shown that, although several years may have elapsed since the event, respondents were yet to recover from its effects. Those who survived still carry the scars to constantly remind them of the horrific ordeal.

When psychological first aid is not enough: personal reflections on psychosocial interventions in Duma, a village in north West Bank

Abstract: This personal reflection describes the experience of a Swiss/Belgian psychologist who has been working as a mental health programme coordinator in Palestine for Médecins du Monde France for 2.5 years. His reflection (which does not necessarily reflect the view of Médecins du Monde France) touches on the importance of rethinking psychosocial interventions for individuals and communities facing continuous critical events.

Syria: the challenges of parenting in refugee situations of immediate displacement

Abstract: The way parents care for their children during displacement plays a key role in children's emotional and behavioural outcomes. Yet, sparse literature exists regarding the parenting challenges faced by families fleeing conflict in transitional, pre-resettlement stages.

Being a refugee in Turkey and western Europe: how it affects mental health and psychosocial wellbeing

Abstract: In this personal reflection, the author is a Syrian refugee who describes his experiences as a psychosocial worker in Syria and with refugees in Turkey and Greece. He highlights how women and children lack safety in the camps. The second section discusses how he became a refugee himself.