Why ignoring mental health needs of young Syrian refugees could harm us all?

Why ignoring mental health needs of young Syrian refugees could harm us all?

Dr. Zaher Sahloul

When a seven-year-old student in eastern Aleppo was asked at the peak of the bombardment campaign by the Assad regime in 2015 to draw a picture, he did not draw children playing, nor did he draw a blue sky or a smiling sun. Instead, Ahmad drew helicopters dropping barrel bombs, houses blazing in fire and mutilated dead children in blood. In his drawing, the dead children had smiles on their faces, while those alive were in tears. Continue reading Why ignoring mental health needs of young Syrian refugees could harm us all?

Syrian Child Refugees Taught to Release Stress and Resist Recruitment

Syrian Child Refugees Taught to Release Stress and Resist Recruitment

By Sally Hayden

The screams of a dozen Syrian and Palestinian children pierce the air of a community centre in Lebanon’s Shatila refugee camp. Yet the children are not hurt. They are yelling to express the anger and fear they feel as victims of conflict in special “peace education” classes. Continue reading Syrian Child Refugees Taught to Release Stress and Resist Recruitment

Is Crime a Young Man’s game?

Is Crime a Young Man’s game?

By Adnan Mouhiddin

The Criminal Justice System in England and Wales recognises young people to be between the ages of 10-17 years, young adults 18-20 years and adults 21 years and over. Answering the question becomes crucial when we consider that the crime data differs in accordance with these different categories. For instance, of the total people sentenced for indictable offences in the year ending March 2016, 6% were young people, 9% were young adults and 85% were adults. The Youth Justice System in England and Wales works to ‘prevent offending and reoffending by young people under the age of 18’ (YJB, 2017:5). Continue reading Is Crime a Young Man’s game?