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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 27-30

Assessing and Addressing the Psychosocial Needs of the Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh

Department of Psychiatry, Providence Health and Services, Portland, Oregon, USA

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Dr. Omar Reda
SW Barnes Road, Portland, Oregon 97225
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/WSP.WSP_23_19

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Interpersonal violence is a very serious public health hazard that is often overlooked. Ignored, trauma is known to cause family and community dysfunctions than can span generations. Unfortunately, the trauma stories of many survivors are untold because they are either too painful for the people to share or too scary for loved ones and professionals to handle. I had the great privilege of working in multiple disaster-stricken and war-torn contexts. My focus through Project Untangled is on family bonding and youth empowerment with the goal of ultimately untangling the web of dysfunction and breaking the cycle. In this first-person account, I share my recent experience working with the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh: what I felt, what I did (or tried to do), what I learnt, how it changed me, and the implications of these experiences for social psychiatry.

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