27 August 2022

Protecting future generations from the impact of violence and conflict in Mali

The atmosphere is calm, the director's office is softly lit by the sunbeams gleaming through the window. Zeinab* tells her story. She speaks shyly and quickly, picking at her nails. Beside her is Cheick Oumar Sissoko, the psychologist of the Kanuya Center in Bamako where the 14-year-old girl has found refuge for the past eight months. In her lost…, Providing holistic care for traumatized children and youth., The first few months at Kanuya are challenging. "Frightened, Zeinab was showing signs of post-traumatic stress and was isolating herself from others. She was insecure and afraid of being stigmatized," explains Cheick Oumar Sissoko, psychologist at the Kanuya center. She undergoes several tests and receives medical care. Progressively, the meetings…, Each day at the center is a new dose of hope for the future., Today, the frightened and withdrawn girl has started to smile again surrounded by all her friends at the Center. She has regained her self-confidence and is opening up to others a little more each day. After eight months at the Kanuya Center, Zeinab is integrated and does not hesitate to speak up during the discussion groups. She has also…, Reintegrating children socially by trying to reconnect them to their families., But Zeinab has not forgotten her mother. She still hopes to feel her mother's arms around her one day. In the meantime, Zeinab will return to her paternal grandmother who lives in Mali. The Kanuya Center team has begun the search for her.  The support services provided to Zeinab are key components of the project "Protecting the Future Generation…