The displacement of our Chaldean-Syriac-Assyrian people from Mosul and the Nineveh Plain took place on August 6th, 2014. After 4 years of displacement many Christian families decided to return to their homes. For these families this return is associated with great uncertainty. The parents are concerned about their capacity to rebuild their houses and to start a new beginning. The children spent 4 years far away from their homes and always kept their memories of a nice and better life in their cities and villages alive. Most of them were between 6 – 10 years when they had to flee with their families.
We are aware that the forced displacement had a negative impact on the spiritual and psychological situation of the children; but we had to prepare them also for their return and we had to accompany these children on their way back home.
What will they feel, when they return to a destroyed place, when they realize many of their friends are gone and when everything is not like before. Thus, the psychologically impacts on children grow to fear of the unknown future. In their young ages the children went through too many different phases and the unsureness about their future is noticeable.
The art-therapy supported 30 children in the ages between 10 – 14 years. In addition to the art-therapy an excursion to the Mor Matay monatery has been organised, which was a closing activity of the art-therapy.
The project, which took place from March 1st – June 30th 2018, has been funded by St. Ismael foundation.