Play Therapy

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The Zamboanga city crisis has displaced more than 100,000 people. Many of the women, children, mothers with infants and the elderly are staying in more than 50 evacuation centres. They are facing an uncertain future that will not be made easier with problems like temporary shelters, food scarcity, lack of hygiene, disease, etc.

But most importantly:

“Special care and support services must be provided to children to reduce and deal with conflict-induced psychosocial problems, such as distress, depression, anxiety disorder and trauma.”

In the news—I thank God there are some kind souls who are now providing such post trauma therapy for the evacuees.

It was wonderful to watch children laughing and smiling at a simple puppet show provided by an entertainer on a make-shift stage.

PLAY THERAPY said the sign on a tent where children were given toys and books to take their minds off their harsh reality even for just a few hours.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have celebrities and entertainers visit war-torn countries (in safe zones, of course) where they can perform for victims of war to uplift their spirits even if it’s just for a few hours?

You know like when Bob Hope (Bob who?) and company entertained soldiers during another war.

Providing basic needs is important but nothing can compare to the JOY that will uplift the war-weary spirit.

Oh well…it’s nice to dream, isn’t it?