LSESD Works to Relieve Ongoing Trauma Caused by Beirut Explosion

Image shows the ruined Port of Beirut after the August 4 explosion. (Photo by rashid khreiss on Unsplash)

Beirut’s port caught fire again Thursday, sending a thick column of black smoke into the sky. Workers scattered and people opened their windows, fearful that another explosion would shatter the glass.

Thankfully, no injuries were reported and the fire was soon put out. But the scare unsettled Beirut’s people, taking them right back to the day the city was decimated by last month’s blast.

Alia Abboud of the Lebanese Society for Educational and Social Development says for Beirut’s people, especially its children, the trauma continues. “Psychosocial support is a major area of focus. Our youth ministry has developed boxes that include reading material, crafts, and games to keep the children busy for about 15 to 20 days. We give those boxes to children who have been through traumatic experiences so they can express themselves through drawing and painting.”

LSESD is also working on setting up a playground so kids can distract and express themselves through play. Counselors will be available to work with them.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller

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