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Victims’ rights group: Why refugees in Germany need more therapy

German government has been asked to provide more therapy to help traumatized refugees in the country.


The call came from Weißer Ring, a German victim protection organization. The group told a German newspaper that there was a need for more therapy and trauma specialists for refugees.

Weißer Ring pointed to a rise in attacks against refugee shelters as one of the reasons for the increase in need, DW reported.

“When refugees who come from war zones are attacked again, it is the duty of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees to ensure psychotherapeutic care,” Weißer Ring national chairwoman Roswitha Müller-Piepenkötter told the daily Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung.

She accused the government of underestimating the therapy needs of refugees. “There is this impression that the need is not so high,” she said, adding that other victims of crime and violence also lack sufficient therapy options.

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