This can be difficult to accept, but the fact is CVT clinicians work in many locations with children who have been tortured or survived war atrocities. In some cases, perpetrators capture children to force their parents to turn themselves in. In other cases, children are present when homes or buildings are raided, and they are singled out for torture. Parents describe watching their children being tortured (thus reinforcing the powerlessness of the parents to protect their children) as even more excruciating than their own torture. At CVT Ethiopia where we see Eritrean survivors, over 40 percent of our clients are under 18 years old; one out of every four clients is a minor at CVT Jordan, where we see Syrian and Iraqi refugees.
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