Play Therapy Helps Children Overcome Trauma of Lombok Earthquake

An earthquake survivor reads the Koran at a temporary shelter in Pemenang in North Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara. At least 10 people have died and 24 were injured in yet another powerful quake that struck the island on Sunday evening (19/08). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

By : JG | on 6:23 PM August 13, 2018
Category : Eyewitness, Multimedia, Photos

Among the thousands of people affected by the recent series of powerful earthquakes that struck Lombok Island in West Nusa Tenggara are many children struggling to understand what had happened to them and their families. Some are also dealing with the loss of family members or friends.

To help the children overcome their trauma, members of the Indonesian Military (TNI) and National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) are involving them in several activities.

For example, soldiers have installed a ball pit inside the evacuation center where the children can play. They are also encouraged to participate in religious activities, which play an important role in the healing process.

The youngest victims take part in art therapy sessions during which they draw pictures to give expression to their thoughts and feelings.

In the afternoons, soldiers also involve the children in outdoor activities that require teamwork. These activities are all designed to help the children cope with their circumstances.

Soldiers involve children in an outdoor game at a temporary shelter in Tanjung, North Lombok district, on Friday (10/08). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro) Soldiers involve children in an outdoor game at a temporary shelter in Tanjung, North Lombok district, on Friday (10/08). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

 

Children pray at temporary shelter. Therapy sessions are combined with religious activities to help them overcome their trauma. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro) Children pray at temporary shelter. Therapy sessions are combined with religious activities to help them overcome their trauma. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

 

A boy enjoying himself inside a ball pit during play therapy. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro) A boy enjoying himself inside a ball pit during play therapy. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

 

A member of the Indonesian Military leads children in a game designed to help them overcome the trauma associated with the deadly Lombok earthquakes. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro) A member of the Indonesian Military leads children in a game designed to help them overcome the trauma associated with the deadly Lombok earthquakes. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

 

 

Many children are dealing with the loss of family members or friends. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro) Many children are dealing with the loss of family members or friends. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

 

 

The youngest victims participate in art therapy sessions during which they are encouraged to draw pictures to give expression to their thoughts and feelings. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro) The youngest victims participate in art therapy sessions during which they are encouraged to draw pictures to give expression to their thoughts and feelings. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

 

Girls show off their drawings. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro) Girls show off their drawings. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

 

A child kisses a soldier during a play therapy session at a temporary shelter in Tanjung, North Lombok district, on Friday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro) A child kisses a soldier during a play therapy session at a temporary shelter in Tanjung, North Lombok district, on Friday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

 


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