Rehabilitation of Victims of War and Extremism

How do you overcome war and conflict when your family is affected? A Volkshilfe project in Syria is trying to find answers to this challenging question, working with women and children in refugee camps.

The humanitarian crisis in Syria and the influence of extremist and terrorist groups are affecting hundreds of thousands of people and families. In addition to the problems of coping with everyday life, the situation also leads to severe psychological stress.

This is where our project partner “Hiro Center for Dialogue and Rehabilitation comes in with its humanitarian peace work, combining two major goals:

  • Raising awareness for peaceful coexistence &
  • Empowerment and resilience

The project involves women who have been exposed to extremist ideology for years in conflict prevention, focusing on protecting their rights and promoting peaceful coexistence in the refugee camps in the north and east of Syria.  

In workshops, members of refugee families who belong to the ideology of the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and victims of ISIS violence get into contact with each other.

The joint activities range from moderated discussions and role plays to creative activities, or preparing a meal together. This way, encounters are made possible in a protected environment, violence is stopped and the foundation for an open and democratic society is laid.


Region: North and East Syria (Al-Hasakah, Deir Ezzor)
Duration: January 2022 – January 2023
Project partner: Hiro Center for Dialogue and Rehabilitation
Funding Body: Volkshilfe Solidarity


Volkshilfe Solidarität
Alicia Allgäuer
Email: alicia.allgaeuer[at]


alt text Logo Wiener Staedtische alt text