Aid workers suffer mental health crisis

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  • Many aid workers suffer from mental health problems and little is being done to help them, says Michael Bociurkiw
  • Michael Bociurkiw: As attacks on aid workers are more frequent and violent, they need more support

Michael Bociurkiw is a writer and development professional who has worked on emergencies on several continents, most recently as a spokesperson for Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his.

(CNN)Recently when aid workers finally reached the besieged city of Madaya in Syria, they saw the horror of destruction and the desperation among the estimated 42,000 inhabitants. The sight of emaciated civilians, deprived of proper nutrition for months, brought tears to their eyes.

Aid workers are on the front line of disasters. They are the first responders who get deployed to some of the most inhospitable places on Earth. They are usually greeted by horrifying scenes, desperate people and the lack of essential services.
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