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Winston could leave emotional scars on children

February 25, 2016 12:45 am

Save the Children is warning that unless children who experienced the wrath of Cyclone Winston receive the right psycho-social support, they could carry emotional scars with them for years.

More than 120,000 children were in communities that bore the brunt of the category 5 storm that barreled through Fiji on Saturday night, ripping homes apart, destroying schools and flooding low lying communities.

Chief executive Iris Low-McKenzie says it is important that children receive extra care and support right now so they can feel safe.

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Low-McKenzie says alongside lifesaving aid like food, water and healthcare, we need to ensure that children do not continue to be traumatized and distressed by what they have experienced.

Save the Children will set up ‘child friendly spaces’ in many of the evacuation centres to provide children with a safe place to play, socialize with other children and take part in educational activities.

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