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Iraqi refugees need psychological first aid

By Agence France-Presse in Zakho, Iraq ( China Daily ) Updated: 2014-09-15 07:01:00

Fourteen-year-old Yusra wipes away a tear before laying her head on the shoulder of aid worker Parzhin, after facing up to her fears and telling her story.

Yusra and her Yazidi family were forced to seek refuge in Zakho, a town in northern Iraq's Kurdish autonomous region, after fleeing a sweeping jihadist onslaught.

One of the 1.8 million people the United Nations estimates have fled the conflict this year, Yusra is struggling not just with the physical hardships of being forced from her home but also with the trauma of running in fear.

Iraqi refugees need psychological first aid

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