Michigan Arab Community Helps Traumatized Refugees

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A new center for victims of post-traumatic stress, torture and other war-related traumas is helping Iraqi refugees as they try to put their lives back together in Michigan's large Middle Eastern community.

The center in the Detroit suburb of Sterling Heights is the second in the area run by the nonprofit Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services. It aims to meet a growing need in Michigan's Iraqi community -- especially among Christians who have fled the war-torn country.

Ekhlas and Khalid Gorgees are among the clients. They have endured flashbacks, nightmares and insomnia since fleeing the violence in Iraq.

It's too early to say how they'll respond to their therapy sessions at the center, but they both still hope to return to Iraq despite the trauma.

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