Southwest China quake - Play therapy to young victims

Added On August 11, 2014

A week since the earthquake struck, material reliefs are being sent to the disaster zone to meet the immediate, physical needs of survivors.
Meanwhile, rescuers and volunteers are trying to ease the trauma the victims have suffered.
They've offered play therapy to children to alleviate their psychological scars.
This is one of the biggest temporary settlements in the quake zone.
And these kids are among its residents. They're now playing games with volunteers.
Thirteen-year-old Li Zudie says she likes playing games with other kids. The house of her family was leveled to the ground by the powerful tremor.
"I was frightened. When the earthquake happened, I felt the whole mountain was shaking. Then I often have nightmares at night. Playing games help me erase my fear."
Some of the kids have lost their beloved ones in the disaster.
"The children are aged between 5 to 14. Some of them are going to attend senior high school soon. Following the quake, some kids may recall the horrible scene at night. The disaster has led to psychological trauma. We hope that playing games can help them overcome the difficulties. The games are intended to divert their attention. Many games demand teamwork, which help remove the feeling of loneliness."
Ding Zhongmin is one of the volunteers who try to lend a helping hand. She herself is a quake survivor, but she has lost her grandma in the disaster.
Instead of staying in her tent waiting for relief, the 16-year-old has decided to volunteer in the psycho-therapy work.
SOUNDBITE (CHINESE): DING ZHONGMIN, Quake survivor and volunteer
"All the kids are happy playing games. Some have lost their relatives in the quake. Through the games, we're trying to alleviate their grief and help them out of the trauma as soon as possible."
Ding says playing with the kids also helps herself recover from the impacts of the disaster.
She finished junior high school this summer and had planned to go to senior high school. But the quake has disrupted everything. Ding says, although she won't give up her study, the priority for her now is to help those in need stand on their feet again.