From midwife in Eritrea to psychosocial worker in Egypt: a story of challenges and opportunities

Yohannes, L. (2012). From midwife in Eritrea to psychosocial worker in Egypt: a story of challenges and opportunities. Intervention, 10(2), 201-204.

The author, an Eritrean psychosocial worker in Egypt, describes how she became a refugee from persecution. As a result of her flight from Eritrea, she lost almost everything: her job, her income and ties to her family. She knows how hard the life of a refugee is, from direct experience. Originally trained as a midwife, she later became involved in psychosocial support and is now a refugee worker assisting the Eritrean community in Cairo. In this paper, a personal reflection, she describes how becoming a psychosocial helper has been important to her personal development, while at the same time has also been personally very demanding. Peer supervision has been an essential element to keeping a balance in her life.

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