Alleviating the Trauma and Boredom of Maluku Children

Until Monday (11/11), the evacuation sites in Maluku have been filled with evacuees that are deeply traumatized, including the children who stay there with their parents.

Psychosocial assistance at Liang Village in Salahutu, Central Maluku (ACTNews/Maya)

ACTNews, CENTRAL MALUKU – The children were joyed to welcome the Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia (MRI) Maluku team who visited one of the evacuation sites in Liang Village, Salahutu Subdistrict, Central Maluku. After the magnitude 6.5 earthquake shook Maluku on Thursday (9/26), the survivors have been staying in evacuation camps due to fear for the aftershocks. Among the evacuees are children.

There are 50 children evacuees in Warhahai Hamlet, Liang Village. Even though the school has started, they are still deeply traumatized. For this reason, the ACT Maluku team provided psychosocial assistance to the children in evacuation camps on Sunday (11/10).

Maya from the ACT Maluku team said, this psychosocial assistance was carried out to reduce the trauma and boredom experienced by children in the evacuation site. "We invite them to play and sing. We hope that their trauma and boredom can be alleviated," Maya said.

Psychosocial Support Service in Liang Village, Salahutu, Central Maluku, Sunday (11/10). (ACTNews / Maya)

Tens of children were involved in various games accompanied by MRI volunteers. Besides being invited to play, the children of Maluku earthquake survivors also received gifts of snacks and milk.

Liang Village is one of the villages worst shaken by the earthquake. It is recorded that around 17,000 people had to evacuate due to the damages to their houses. Many public facilities were also damaged, and schools were temporarily stopped.

The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has recorded thousands of aftershocks. As of Sunday (11/10) there were over 2,000 aftershocks. BMKG still records seismic activities in Maluku to this day. On Monday (11/11) at 11:33 a.m. West Indonesia Standard Time, a magnitude 3.3 earthquake occurred with the epicenter located south of Kairatu. []