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UN: Syrians need 'psychological reconstruction'

A child walking through the mud at a refugee in Idlib, Syria on 25 October 2018 [Eşref Musa/Anadolu Agency]
A Syrian child walks through the mud at a refugee camp in Idlib, Syria on 25 October 2018 [Eşref Musa/Anadolu Agency]

UN Envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura said yesterday that the most important thing needed for Syrians is "psychological and social reconstruction".

Speaking at the World Youth Forum, which is being held in the Egyptian resort town of Sharm El-Sheikh, De Mistura said: "There is a proxy war in Syria with five countries' militarily involved, in addition to ISIS [Daesh]; this contributed to a complex situation in the country making terrorism the most beneficial party from this situation."

"It is very easy to start a war but very hard difficult to achieve peace."

De Mistura revealed that a large number of the European countries are willing to be involved in the reconstruction of Syria as soon as the war is ended.

The UN envoy to Syria added: "The Syrians do not want to remain refugees. They want to go back home, but at the same time they want to feel that there is a political process that makes them feel safe."

In addition, he said: "The most important thing needed for Syrians is the psychological and social reconstruction," as the war has taken the lives of many of their relatives and loved ones.

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