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Paul Orieny, PhD, LMFT, international services clinical advisor, recently returned from northern Ethiopia. Last February, CVT Ethiopia began group counseling in Mai Ani and Adi Harush refugee camps. Below are Paul’s observations.
Before I describe our work with Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia, it’s important to understand the context. There is a strong sense of mistrust among refugees in Mai Ani and Adi Harush. I think it stems from the oppression Eritreans experienced in their home country.
I heard similar stories of distrust from Eritrean and Togolese torture survivors that I counseled at CVT’s St. Paul clinic. Both countries are small and citizens feel the government is always looking over their shoulders. Even after they were resettled in Minnesota, Eritrean and Togolese survivors had a difficult time trusting in others. Continue reading