The refugee crisis is only worsening, which makes me wonder how a lot of us can sleep at night.

As a human race, surely we need to stick together to help one another – empathise as though it is us that have to endure the long, sleepless nights and abundances of pain with heaps of uncertainty.

Refugee help and support are urgently needed, probably more than it has ever been needed before and that is why there is now a gap to share their voices more than ever. What do they want to say? What is their story, their side? How do they see it? And that’s exactly what we plan to do: we will talk to refugees and share their stories. We want the world to know exactly how it is, the truth and nothing but the truth! Not a sensationalised account that can be found on the TV or in a newspaper.

Their cravings for a new life immerses them with hope, a hope that can be crushed in an instant. When they’re not welcomed into a country or pushed aside, abused, verbally or physically, their mental health and inner-strength are crushed too. We are all as one; we are all human beings, yet so many of us forget that simple but factual truth. This inhumane way-of-thinking is causing such disasters in the world, consequently ruining people’s lives – not just adults but children’s too – so we must ask ourselves: how can we live with this reality? It has to change.

One refugee commented once reaching a refugee camp: “when we arrive here we are out of our mind. We have taken so much suffering.” This is just one glimpse of the psychology of these poor, innocent people who have been beaten and neglected just for wanting to start a new life. Many of them are just looking for a new beginning, a journey to opportunity, and a place that they can call a ‘safe place’, yet they are being deprived of these simple and humane requests. These necessities of life are things that you and I take for granted.

And for a lot of these refugees it is way too late to help. For example, another rescued patient has recently been showing signs of epilepsy. Her eyes have been rolling and her arms were stiff, but it wasn’t epilepsy, it was a psychological crisis. She was captured with 400 other people in the desert in Sudan and her fear has accelerated greatly, not just about life but of people and society itself.

The social elements and psychological distress that these poor refugees endure mean that they are experiencing extreme disorders, mostly mental ones such as psychosis, depression and anxiety. Many of these individuals will never be able to live a normal life again because cold-hearted, torturing animals – animals that are so-called human beings – have significantly affected them. And that is the harsh reality that we are not happy or willing to accept.

We must not confuse this situation for these people as to say that are psychologically weak on the inside, because many of them are probably stronger than you and I. As they have experienced difficult circumstances, many of these refugees are so emotionally equipped with life, they have seen so much and had to deal with so much, nothing else can possibly be worse for them. They learn the true value of life and understand the meaning of having to work for something, that sheer determination and sense of belief makes them some of the strongest people on our planet.

Much of their trauma arrives when they reach the refugee camps, which is why our work as helpers and carers is so poignantly important. Their present state of mind becomes difficult as they become aware of normal ways of life, so suddenly their dark past comes back to haunt them. Many refugees feel that their future is pointless and uncertain, purely because their whole life has been based on uncertainty. But that’s where the privileged work of ourselves comes in, where we work together to give these people hope, help to find them counselling services, to reshape, improve and inspire their lives for the better.

To give them a life, a new beginning, that is our purpose.

 

Written by Gemma Smith

 

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2015/sep/14/refugees-and-mental-health-pyschological-support-msf