The emphasis on women and children in humanitarian contexts means that men are often overlooked. Men suffer the same realities of being a refugee, including loss of identity, livelihood, agency and dignity. In the Syrian civil war, among others, men are often sent ahead of their families in search of asylum to avoid forced conscription.
Alone and isolated, many are left to cope with PTSD caused by torture and war without much support, if any at all. At RTI, we believe in holistic approaches to community ills. That is why we are determined to work with women, children and men. In our men’s groups, we offered skills-based activities, as well as psychosocial support to foster emotional regulation and strengthen resilience while sharing thoughts in a safe space.