Walking to collect water at the well or the pump, working alongside father, brother or husband in the fields, cooking in their small dark kitchens and thus the women are targeted because of their vulnerability. Attacked, hurt and / or abused in front of the menfolk to weaken any threat against the insurgents. So they ran, hurting bodies, crushed minds, and now little clothing, food, help and dispersed families. The hospital treats immediate injuries, and we are restoring them in our safe houses.
There are one million internally displaced persons in Shire town. Among them are women who have been sorely and terribly abused. The physical, mental and emotional scars run deep. The food supplies, shelter and other basic support is provided by international aid agencies. Sadly among them are the women who can barely look up for fear of punishment or further pain or trauma. There is no quick fix solution, an extended psychological intervention is required to restore them to normalcy.
Abraham's Oasis has buildings that are easily converted into safe houses, the women feel safe there, it is rural and away from noise, bustle, other men and military personnel who may frighten them. AO has permanent psychologists to provide counselling, a resident carer to oversee the restorative power of daily routines such as house keeping, preparing meals, laundry, chatting, drinking coffee together and sharing their pain, this together with the supportive supervision of the organisation.
Once stabilised and the women feel ready, some form of income generation income training will be introduced. They will be encouraged to return home to their villages and pick up the pieces with new found skills to help them re-establish themselves in rebuilding their communities. Others may choose not to return to their villages and they will be supported with small income generation activities in the place of their choice. Where babies are born, child care and support will be provided.