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Haiti, a Nation in Mourning
Date:2/8/2010

d protection specialist Sian Platt. "People have not just lost homes, jobs and everything they own, they are somehow trying to come to terms with the death of those who loved and supported them.

"Everyone mourns in different ways," said Platt. "But it cannot be underestimated how important the wellbeing of families is in the rebuilding of Haiti. Studies have found that children and adults heal faster if they are able to find routine and access the basics of life.

"A safe, dry home, regular meals, clean water, meaningful activity and work, are all needed in order to strengthen a resilient city now in mourning," she continued.

"Ordinary people need to be included and consulted in decisions made about the relief response, the recovery phase and the rebuilding of this country," said Platt. "A voice and a sense of ownership is extremely important in the healing process, for people individually as well as the nation as a whole."  

As part of its relief effort, World Vision has established safe places for children across Port-au-Prince in order to provide them with a sense of normalcy and routine in such a chaotic environment.

"Children without parents or their traditional caregivers are at particular risk," said Platt. "They need protection and also opportunities to grieve. Everyone processes grief differently and children are the same. Play and forming new friendships are a powerful method of stabilizing their lives and giving them time to process their emotions."

"Tragically, some children do not yet know if their parents are alive or dead," added Platt. "In partnership with Unicef, World Vision will be worki
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