Fr Edegard Silva Junior is pioneering an innovative strategy to provide psycho-social support to displaced children (many of them orphans) in the reception camp at Metuge, outside Pemba. Traumatised by the violence they witnessed (often having seen their parents and siblings being killed), they do not open easily to a counsellor. Fr Edegard is using puppet shows to engage with them. The puppets provide entertainment, whilst simultaneously engaging with the children, and discussing their problems. The children willingly open up to the “puppets”, and to each other, in what amounts to group counselling. A total of 100 children were expected at the first event. More than 200 showed up. See pictures below.

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