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Tuesday March 30, 2010 8:46 AM (EST+7)
Post-trauma rehab program marks first year

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RAMALLAH, Mar. 30 (JMCC) - Over 40 years of military occupation has left generations of children scarred with the trauma of war. According to human rights groups, hundreds of Palestinian children remain in Israeli prisons, largely for throwing stones.

The Post-trauma Rehabilitation of Palestinian Ex-detainee Children, which was launched last year in Ramallah by Save the Children Sweden, is attempting to mitigate the harmful effects wraught on the youth of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Since its launch almost one year ago, the “Post-trauma Rehabilitation of Palestinian Ex-detainee Children” Programme has offered its intervention services to almost 500 ex-detainee children under the age of 18, and 291 parents.

Save the Children Sweden with funding from the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO) and in partnership with YMCA have held an event at the premises of the Palestinian Red Crescent Society in Ramallah marking the completion of phase I of the “Post-trauma Rehabilitation of Palestinian Ex-detainee Children” program. The program was launched almost one year ago in eleven districts of the West Bank; the second phase is due to commence in early April 2010.

“It’s been quite a full year for the Post-trauma Rehabilitation Programme!” said Mr. Eyad Al-Araj, Country Director of Save the Children Sweden. “We at Save the Children believe in a world that is free of violence against children, where children have hope and opportunity, and we are working to achieve this vision for Palestinian child ex-detainees through this program”...

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