|On Mother’s Day, we traditionally honor mothers with a greeting card, flowers or some other token of our appreciation. We know parenting brings great joy, but it is also hard work.
But for some women we care for – whether in Kenya, Jordan or the United States – mothering is even harder because they’re dealing with fear, depression, anxiety, nightmares, and perhaps ongoing physical challenges as a result of their experiences.
In Jordan, we’re seeing many Syrian mothers who are struggling. And many more come to us every day because they need help.
In January, almost 40,000 Syrian refugees entered Jordan. They are malnourished and injured. They have extremely high levels of distress and fear and sometimes serious medical conditions. These Syrians are telling us stories of torture, killings and imprisonment.
Erin Morgan works as a clinical advisor for our work in
Unfortunately, children are also experiencing the atrocities of these
events. They are witnessing and experiencing violence. Some adolescents
we care for have shared stories of horrific forms of physical, sexual
and emotional abuse while imprisoned.
The parents seeking our services are devastated -- not just because of
the war, but because they are not sure how to protect and support their
children, whose behaviors have become very concerning since fleeing
Syria. Their sons and daughters have nightmares, wet their beds, cling
to their parents or cover their ears and cry when planes pass by.
With 600 people on our waiting list in our program in Jordan, we’re
exploring new ways that we can help these mothers – and fathers – find
ways to comfort and care for their children. We're working to develop a short-term skills-building group to offer
parents some reassurance and concrete strategies to support their
children through these difficult times.
As you honor Mother’s Day
this Sunday, please take a moment to think about those mothers in
Jordan and around the world whose tortured pasts make parenting even
With warm regards,
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