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"I remembered the suffering and fear"

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Jordan Lebanon United Kingdom

Support from Players of People’s Postcode Lottery is helping to meet the need for psychosocial support for victims of the Syrian Crisis.

Rawad, 7 years old, has hearing problems. He is supported by the Mousawat rehabilitation centre in Lebanon and takes part in psychosocial sessions.

© O. van den Broeck/HI

Syrians have now been struggling with the constant psychological pressure of war for over 8 years. It has been estimated that over half of all Syrians are in need of psychosocial services.1

With the large scale use of explosive weapons (Syria saw the highest number of deaths and casualties from the use of explosive weapons in 20182), this number is only going to rise.

Once woman who benefits from the support of HI’s teams stated:

“I remembered the bombing of the houses of innocent people, including my house. ... I remembered the suffering and fear, and lack of guarantee over our lives in the midst of this crisis ... and my constant fear over my children's unknown future.”

Even before the conflict in Syria began, there were only 70 psychiatrists for over 22 million people3.  With the mass displacement of people which this conflict has brought and the breakdown in social support networks this causes, it is vital that services in neighbouring countries are able to respond to the need.

Thanks to the support of Players of People’s Postcode Lottery, individuals have been able to receive psychological and psychosocial support from Humanity & Inclusion's teams in Jordan and Lebanon.

Whether recovering from an injury, learning to live with the trauma of the war, or looking after a loved one, psychosocial support is central to ensuring that every person is able to live life to the fullest.

Humanity & Inclusion's new report, The Waiting List, exposes the devastating impact the conflict is having across the region, and calls on states to stop bombing civilians and address the immediate and long-term needs of victims of explosive weapons, incuding rehabilitation and psychosocial support.


1. WHO, 2017. (Accessed August 3, 2019)
2. AOAV, 2019. (Accessed October 2019)
3. WHO, 2017, Addressing the silent impact of war. (Accessed July 12, 2019)

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Players of People’s Postcode Lottery are generously supporting Humanity & Inclusion's work with injured and traumatised Syrian refugees and our Stop Bombing campaign to protect civilians.

For more information visit www.postcodelottery.co.uk 

Date published: 05/12/19

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