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Build hope, not walls | ekathimerini.com

Given the circumstances, a woman in refuge is constantly looking for ways to meet her basic needs while learning to adapt. Managing and coping with the constant introduction of stressors drains her inner resources, leaving her in a perpetual state of fighting for survival. When the conditions for survival are met, she experiences a surge of energy and hope, when resources are depleted – as they often are in rudimentary camps – there is a quick onset of hopelessness. The enormity of the challenges faced daily and the exhaustion of endurance presents a relentless strain on women’s mental health which leads to depression and emotional removal from the present, over time. The prolonged refugee process increases the risk of long-term mental health disorders for her children as well.    

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