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Provide Counseling to Trauma Victims in Sri Lanka

The morning of Easter Sunday 2019 will haunt Sri Lanka forever. On that day, a series of suicide attacks in three Christian churches and three hotels claimed about 300 lives and injured 500 more. Provide Counseling to Trauma Victims in Sri Lanka

Hundreds had gathered on that holy day: in the Church of St. Sebastian in Negombo, the Church of St. Anthony in Colombo, and a Protestant church 160 miles from the Sri Lankan capital. Most of the victims were killed in houses of worship.

The Catholic Archdiocese of Colombo provided immediate aid, including medical care and proper burials for the dead. But those who survived the attacks are still deeply traumatized, and grieving families continue to suffer.

There is also the persistent fear that an attack could happen again at any time. The country is in a constant state of angst and anxiety.

The Archdiocese of Colombo plans to offer counseling, trauma therapy, and personal accompaniment to the people of Sri Lanka, so that they might heal their psychological wounds. This treatment will also be available to children who survived the attacks and require extensive help.

The archdiocese hopes to train 300 counselors and teach those who work directly with survivors, including youth group leaders, to recognize and address symptoms of trauma.

ACN has promised to contribute $90,800.

Will you support the survivors of the Sri Lankan terrorist attacks on their road to recovery?

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