We began our work in Africa in 1999, providing care to men, women and children who fled to refugee camps in Guinea after escaping violent civil wars in Sierra Leone and Liberia. We continue to operate healing initiatives in Africa for survivors of torture and war. We also partner with African torture rehabilitation centers and other local organizations to strengthen healing services available to survivors of politically-motivated violence.
CVT Ethiopia is providing direct counseling to Eritrean refugees living in camps north of Shire. Many are young men fleeing forced and indefinite conscription into the Eritrean military. But many women and children also are forced to leave and face horrifying experiences as they try to escape.
Dadaab is home to the world’s largest refugee camp, with more than 460,000 refugees in a compound originally built to shelter 90,000. Many refugees experienced targeted violence as well as random atrocities of war. Most of the refugees are from Somalia with others from South Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea and other countries. CVT Dadaab is providing individual and small group therapy to torture and war survivors.
CVT Nairobi provides counseling and physical therapy to refugees, many who fled the Great Lakes Region of Africa and Somalia. The UN High Commission for Refugees estimates that Nairobi is home to 53,200 refugees, although other international nongovernmental organizations believe there are many more, largely hidden from society.
Healing in Northern Uganda is a training initiative by CVT to provide mental health services to survivors of war and to develop the ability of local organizations to provide healing services now and in the future.