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Villagers call for extra trauma healing

Luke Rawalai
Thursday, November 03, 2016

THE community trauma healing exercise implemented by the Pacific Centre for Peacebuilding in eight villages on Taveuni has been a success.

However, community leaders from the eight villages stressed the need for continued counselling because villagers had not fully recuperated from the trauma of Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston, which ravaged the southern and northern ends of the island in late February this year.

Speaking during the participatory evaluation workshop in Labasa yesterday, Lavena Village headman Petero Waisea said after the PCP trauma workshop in their village, people had begun to have a sense of direction on rehabilitation efforts.

Mr Waisea said villagers lost hope after the cyclone and did not know what to do, depending heavily on Government assistance. The effect of the cyclone was like a power that switched off the thinking capabilities of people, he said.

He added that even at this stage counselling was still needed in the village to fully restore people psychologically.

Meanwhile, the headman of Nakorovou Village in Vuna District on the southern end of the island, Petero Sobusika, said those who attended the trauma healing workshop learnt a lot, especially on how to deal with their situation following Severe TC Winston.

Mr Sobusika said the trauma healing process would take time, adding that more sessions were needed.

PCP facilitator Ana Uluilakeba said the exercise was entering its final phases.

Ms Uluilakeba said the workshop and project was jointly funded by Strengthening Citizen Engagement in Fiji through the European Union and OXFAM.

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