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HelpAge’s psychosocial support helps Amin forget his problems
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Amin is 62. He came to Lebanon as a refugee from the Syria civil war in 2013. At first, he thought he would be there for two to three months, but that has now turned into years. He lives with his wife, youngest son and two grandchildren, and his son works in a factory to look after the family.
He suffers from hypertension and needs to take drugs for his prostate, but he struggles to afford consultation fees and medicine.
“The medication I take for hypertension is not available anymore at the centre and, since I do not have money to buy it from outside, I am not taking it,” Amin said, adding that a friend brings him the prostate medication from Syria because it is so expensive in Lebanon.
“The doctor said that I tremble a lot because of the hypertension and that I may get headaches from time to time.”
Amin feels isolated in Lebanon, and this has taken a toll on his mental health. He attends HelpAge and Amel Association International’s psychosocial support services to give him the opportunity to socialise and lift his mood.
“I meet with other Syrians and we play board games. Outside, it is hard to meet people from different backgrounds who have the same kind of pain and sadness,” he said.
“I come here to try and forget all the problems we are facing. I just come here to feel better psychologically.”
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