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New harbor for traumatized children
Correspondent, KOHIMA, Nov 12:
Published on 13 Nov. 2008 12:53 AM IST
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A place of shelter and psychological support for traumatized children, "Awakening Bells Centre" (ABC) was inaugurated Wednesday at Kruoliezou, L.Khel, Kohima village. The centre was formally inaugurated by Keduotuolie Mepfüo, chairman, Kohima Village Council Speaking at the programme, chairperson of Nagaland Women Commission, Sano Vamuzo, said the need of the hour was to raise a new generation. Relating to ongoing conflict in state that had traumatized people, Sano said children should be taught about love of God. "Children are our heritage; they are priceless", she said. Lauding the managing board of ABC for their project, stating "this is a small yet serious beginning" Sano also expressed hope that such projects would be launched all over the state. Member of the managing board of ABC, Neidonuo Angami, said conflicting situation had prolonged for too long that people do not recognize the gravity of traumatism on children. 'Conflict related traumatized children are referred to hidden or silent sufferers' she said. A cause to awaken social, moral and spiritual consciousness of the people, she said that centre was opened to help victims from trauma to restoration in the form of psychological and therapeutic approach, etc. A pilot project for three years, the Awakening Bells Centre will begin its first mission with 12 children by end of November. The children would be provided with free food, lodging, and other facilities besides psychological support and community care for a period of six months to one year, depending on their needs and circumstances. The ABC managing board members include Neidonuo Angami, Vilasetuo Sakhrie, Medozeu Rio, Aye, Neichu-ü and Anyü Liezietsu. Earlier, prayer of dedication was pronounced by Rev. Neirielie Miachieo.

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