Trust Line in Sukhum
By Aida Ladaria
reforms of the 1990s have set Abkhazia on a new path of development, bringing
additional social stresses. The Georgian-Abkhaz war (1992-1993) interfered
with the natural development of new conditions, setting the country back decades.
The war, having destroyed the areas infrastructure and wiped out socio-economic
advances, has taken a high toll on human resources.
problems have faced post-war Abkhazia: It has been necessary to restore everything
destroyed and instigate new legal and economic development, in other words,
to develop a democratic society. This path has created many problems, and
people who have survived the war have special difficulties assimilating them.
The blockade of Abkhazia, started by Russia in December 1994, has worsened
Abkhazias already difficult economic position. Unstable regional politics,
a sharp fall in the standard of living, difficult social conditions, unemployment,
inferior social welfare and medical services, legal chaos, and the day to
day instability of events have seriously affected individuals. Psychological
exhaustion has serious consequences. For instance, the worsening emotional-moral
climate in the family directly affects children and, in turn, the entire society.
Unfortunately, for various reasons, no social or psycho-therapeutic services
(governmental or private) have yet been created in Abkhazia.
creation in Sukhum of a telephone service for anonymous psychological counseling
is aimed at supporting people in difficult situations, at alleviating psychological
discomfort and stress, and easing social adaptation. "The Trust Line"
has been functioning in Sukhum since February 1996. Over 1,200 calls were
received during only the first three months of service, and of them, 230 callers
received anonymous and free consultations. Callers ask for help with a variety
of problems and our counselors respond with understanding and support. The
project is funded by the Van Camp Foundation in the United States.
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