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Stories Less Told: Psychosocial Workers in Sri Lanka

January 15, 2014

May 2009 marked the end of Sri Lanka’s 26-year civil war, but much work remains to heal the deep psychological wounds from this long and brutal ethnic conflict. This photo essay documents The Asia Foundation’s psychosocial program in Sri Lanka through the lens of six psychosocial workers working with the Family Rehabilitation Centre (FRC) in the North and East of Sri Lanka – the regions most affected by the war. Although the focus of these programs are the clients, at the heart of the Foundation’s program are the community service providers – psychosocial workers, field officers, and community volunteers – many of whom were also deeply affected by the conflict. This photo essay shares their voices, demonstrating the challenges they face, their commitment, and their compassion, as well as the changes that have come about in their own lives through their work.  Photos by Gemunu Amarasinghe

Watch full slideshow on The Asia Foundation’s website.

Related locations: Sri Lanka
Related programs: Conflict and Fragile Conditions


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