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NIGERIA: Trauma Ministry Impacts Widows

Front-Line Workers are providing trauma services in regions of Africa where militant Islamists regularly attack Christians. According to one Front-Line Worker and a trained counsellor in Africa, traumatized people often live in a state of hypervigilance where even small cues can trigger significant “fight or flight” responses, such as panic attacks. Living this way severely disrupts the ability of victims to maintain healthy relationships and perform basic life tasks. VOM-supported trauma ministries help widows like Tina, who lost her husband five years ago when he was shot by Islamists while working his vegetable farm. Tina said she misses her husband but added, “I hold onto God’s promises that He is a father to the fatherless and a husband to the widows.”

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