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Friday, April 20, 2007

World Vision New Zealand to send child psycho specialist for counselling of tsunami survivors

A child protection specialist from New Zealand will arrive in Solomon Islands this weekend to help children cope with the aftermath of the tsunami.

World Vision New Zealand's Amalia Fawcett will provide psycho-social support to children and communities affected in Gizo, Simbo and Ranongga islands.

Ms Fawcett says that children are particularly vulnerable to fears of another tsunami or earthquake, and share in family stress, especially if they have lost their homes.

She says she will work with other relief organisations and Solomons Islands Government ministries to develop and implement a child protection program.

Ms Fawcett previously worked with children in Pakistan after the 2005 earthquake and in East Timor following unrest last year.

Source: Radio Australia

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