The Displacement Of Persons

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The displacement of persons, better known as refugees, is an inescapable and persistent issue in our global world. Current reports estimate that there are 19.5 million refugees worldwide (“UNHCR” 2014). Among this estimation 2.59 million, or a little over 13% of the refugees in the world are from Afghanistan (“UNHCR” 2014). Afghanistan is entering into its fourth decade of war, beginning with the 1979 Afghan-Soviet war to recent violence involving Al-Qaida and U.S. military forces. During this time period, the U.S. has resettled thousands of refugees around the country, providing them with housing, temporary cash assistance and support. One of the major issues in resettling this specific demographic is the prevalence of mental health among Afghan refugees. Such constant states of violence and forced fleeing from homes has left Afghans with traumatic stressors, often leading to mental health issues in the future. Mental health is a huge concern among refugee and asylees population in the many members of these populations have encountered traumatic past experience such as war violence and torture and are at a high risk in developing depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and anxiety (Kleinman, 2004). In past studies, services for mental health were identified as a major need in the social work sphere. Factors such as limited access to quality healthcare, linguistic barriers, meager financial resources, cultural unfamiliarity and a lack of
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