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    Transport hampers counseling programme for traumatised girl (10)



    ELLEN MLAMBO
    BEITBRIDGE BUREAU

    BEITBRIDGE – The 10-year-old girl from Chief Mugabe’s area near Lake Mutirikwi who saw her mother going through the paces of hanging herself two weeks ago requires intensive counseling, the programs officer for Msasa Project in Masvingo, Tendai Kusvabadika has said.
    Kusvabadika said the juvenile was traumatized and she needed continuous trauma counseling.
    She said that Msasa Project would like to offer counseling services to the girl but the organization’s impediment is transport since the juvenile stays out of town. She appealed to those who can offer transport to assist.
    “She needs psycho support component and building up her self- esteem.
    “We recommend that we meet the teacher who will be counseling the ju-venile so that he/she is capacitated. The counseling will not be done once but in phases and in the early days it must be every day but there are transport constraints. She also needs support with food, clothes and fees for her,” she added.
    A well wisher from the Zimbabwe Human Rights Association who pre-ferred anonymity pledged to assist the girl and her young brother who is 5 years with fees and uniforms up to end of next year
    The director for Community Based Aid Programme (CBAP) Samuel Mhungu said the child went through a traumatic experience and if she would not get proper counseling she would relive the whole experience the whole of her life.
     “Children are great observers but poor interpreters. She may blame herself for the death and may in turn lead to take the same route in ending her life. It may be ideal to assist the child through assisting her explain and express how it all went out. For her age, toys and even drawings of what really transpired may help her,” he said.
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