The Muslim Alliance packed the IIC Dining Room February 3 in order to learn more about the ongoing health challenges facing Syrian refugees and how we can begin to help Syria’s next generation and their communities not just survive but thrive.
“Supporting Refugee Recovery & Resilience: Building a Brighter Tomorrow” was organized by the Muslim Alliance of Indiana (MAI) in cooperation with the Global Health Communication Center (GHCC) of Indiana University School of Liberal Arts.
The world is witnessing what may be the greatest humanitarian crisis of our time. Since 2011, more than 4.8 million Syrian citizens have been forced to flee their homeland. Tragically, more than half of the registered refugees are children. The trauma of war as well as the long hazardous journey and difficult process of resettlement leaves refugees at higher risk for a variety of health issues that can have lasting effects across generations. While aid organizations have mobilized to respond to their physical health needs, there is growing awareness within the humanitarian community that much more needs to be done to address the mental health struggles that profoundly impact overall health and the ability of people to rebuild their lives. The developing brains of children are particularly susceptible to the negative effects of both the traumatic experiences of war and the continuing challenges they and their families face even after resettlement. The world must not ignore the long-term impact of this growing health crisis.