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Enhancing Conflict Resilience of Young Syrians

Enhancing Conflict Resilience of Young Syrians Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice, 29:170–175 C International Alert ISSN 1040-2659 print; 1469-9982 online DOI: 10.1080/10402659.2017.1308716 Enhancing Conflict Resilience of Young Syrians Caroline Brooks The war in Syria has profoundly affected children and adolescents. While factors such as age, gender, family situation, experience of direct violence, and original and current location influence the ways in which children and adolescents experience the war and their abilities to cope with its impact on their lives, there are consistent harmful effects, as 12 months of observations have shown from a peace education project with 6–17 year olds in Lebanon, Turkey, and Syria. Some Syrian children have difficulty in judging reality, and in assessing right and wrong; they lack maturity for their age. Others struggle to look at life from a child’s perspective. Some children who are victims, or who are witnesses to the violence, experience strong feelings of guilt and shame, and a heavy burden of responsibility about what happened to them and their fami- lies, about what they did or did not do. Some are unable to grasp the enormity of the conflict, and their place within it. or many, the conflict has significantly impacted their ambitions, their per- http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Peace Review Taylor & Francis

Enhancing Conflict Resilience of Young Syrians

Peace Review , Volume 29 (2): 6 – Apr 3, 2017

Enhancing Conflict Resilience of Young Syrians

Peace Review , Volume 29 (2): 6 – Apr 3, 2017

Abstract

Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice, 29:170–175 C International Alert ISSN 1040-2659 print; 1469-9982 online DOI: 10.1080/10402659.2017.1308716 Enhancing Conflict Resilience of Young Syrians Caroline Brooks The war in Syria has profoundly affected children and adolescents. While factors such as age, gender, family situation, experience of direct violence, and original and current location influence the ways in which children and adolescents experience the war and their abilities to cope with its impact on their lives, there are consistent harmful effects, as 12 months of observations have shown from a peace education project with 6–17 year olds in Lebanon, Turkey, and Syria. Some Syrian children have difficulty in judging reality, and in assessing right and wrong; they lack maturity for their age. Others struggle to look at life from a child’s perspective. Some children who are victims, or who are witnesses to the violence, experience strong feelings of guilt and shame, and a heavy burden of responsibility about what happened to them and their fami- lies, about what they did or did not do. Some are unable to grasp the enormity of the conflict, and their place within it. or many, the conflict has significantly impacted their ambitions, their per-

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Abstract

Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice, 29:170–175 C International Alert ISSN 1040-2659 print; 1469-9982 online DOI: 10.1080/10402659.2017.1308716 Enhancing Conflict Resilience of Young Syrians Caroline Brooks The war in Syria has profoundly affected children and adolescents. While factors such as age, gender, family situation, experience of direct violence, and original and current location influence the ways in which children and adolescents experience the war and their abilities to cope with its impact on their lives, there are consistent harmful effects, as 12 months of observations have shown from a peace education project with 6–17 year olds in Lebanon, Turkey, and Syria. Some Syrian children have difficulty in judging reality, and in assessing right and wrong; they lack maturity for their age. Others struggle to look at life from a child’s perspective. Some children who are victims, or who are witnesses to the violence, experience strong feelings of guilt and shame, and a heavy burden of responsibility about what happened to them and their fami- lies, about what they did or did not do. Some are unable to grasp the enormity of the conflict, and their place within it. or many, the conflict has significantly impacted their ambitions, their per-

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Published: Apr 3, 2017

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