EUROPA / UKRAINE – The Friars Minor: “Material, emotional and spiritual support for Ukrainian children to overcome war trauma”

EUROPA / UKRAINE – The Friars Minor: “Material, emotional and spiritual support for Ukrainian children to overcome war trauma”

Bologna (Agenzia Fides) – “These are children who, before reaching a safe place, experienced on their own not only the horrors of war, but also a sudden detachment from their everyday lives and from their environment. It is very important to be close them, not only from a material point of view, but also from an emotional point of view. ” on the run by offering both material help and emotional support and psychologically through the Therapeutic Center and Listening Center run by Friars Minor.
“The Ukrainian children arriving in Italy – he continues – have experienced a trauma in the trauma. We can not erase what they have seen and experienced, but we must do everything to help them overcome the horror they have become “we of Antoniano, with the network of ‘Operation Pane’, and thanks to the valuable help of our volunteers and specialized operators, are by their side to support them in so many needs”.
According to data released by Unicef, about 7.5 million children are at risk three months after the start of the conflict in Ukraine, and among them, over 40 thousand have taken refuge in Italy. Among the initiatives taken to support the Ukrainian emergency, the Antoniano Therapeutic Center, which since 1981 has been working on rehabilitation, well-being and prevention programs for children of developmental age, recently organized a day in Bologna dedicated to Ukrainian families and children who arrived. recent months with multi-professional rehabilitation specialist visits.
“To facilitate communication with children and mothers – says Giampaolo – the doctors and operators of the Therapeutic Center have created communication tables in symbols and Italian-Ukrainian, useful for overcoming language barriers and establishing a direct dialogue during visits”. Antoniano is actually working on activating workshops for Ukrainian children, also with disabilities, designed just to help them overcome the trauma. Among these, an “Art Therapy” lab will allow you to
to put the emotional aspect into a graphic, material space. “To deal with a post-traumatic stress disorder – explains the director of Antoniano – art, music and movement can access the emotional component in a delicate and gradual way, allowing a reworking of experiences and a reduction of the state of activation”.
Meanwhile, the work of the younger brothers continues to support the most needy throughout Italy and Ukraine: “Antoniano – Brother Giampaolo Cavalli tells Fides – has been active since the beginning of the war in supporting refugees arriving in Italy and in bringing support to Ukraine and the borders.It especially supports some Franciscan structures in Ukraine, a
Konotop, Odessa and Kiev, and a structure in Romania that is committed to providing support to mothers and children crossing the Ukrainian border, not only with primary assistance but concrete support to integrate and enter the world of work, starting from language teaching
Romanian “.” In Italy – the Franciscan continues – in addition to activating reception services, food support, training, integration and emotional support in Bologna through the solidarity network in Operation Pane, we support other Franciscan realities committed to welcoming Ukrainians on the run from war, such as the monastery Bordighera and Montenero Monastery in the province of Imperia. From Bologna to Palermo – he concludes – over a hundred women and children have already been reached by the Operazione Pane network, which receives hospitality at the Franciscan brothers’ facilities: from meals to basic necessities such as medicine, clothes, linen.
(ES-PA) (Agenzia Fides 18/6/2022)


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