Interactive processes and practices contributing to the mental health of unaccompanied refugee children from Afghanistan

MHPSS Academic publication

The article discusses the work carried out by a team of representatives from the REFUGE-ED project and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) with unaccompanied minors (UAMs) from Afghanistan. The children were accommodated in the Safety Zone, which caters to unaccompanied minors seeking international protection, at the Registration and Reception Center ‘Voenna Rampa’ of the State Agency for Refugees in Sofia, Bulgaria. The paper provides a short overview of the psychosocial practices that were tested academically and psychosocially and applied to improve the well-being of the children. The practices were sourced by the REFUGE-ED Consortium and the paper shows the results achieved after the implementation of one of these practices for a three-month period.

The article examines a mental health and psychosocial support practice – (supervised) drama therapy. The sessions led to the creating of a short movie script that the participants co-wrote together with REFUGE-ED’s team. It was based on the experiences of five boys who fled Afghanistan’s war and sought refuge in Bulgaria.

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