New mercy mission for Eileen

A lecturer from the North is notching up thousands more miles to an increasingly global CV after landing projects in Pakistan and Armenia.

A lecturer from the North is notching up thousands more miles to an increasingly global CV after landing projects in Pakistan and Armenia.

Eileen Brady, who works in Northumbria University's disaster and development centre, returned from a project in Armenia last week to then jet off to Pakistan, where she will work on a project with Afghan refugees.

Last year, Ms Brady was involved with projects in the Darfur region of Sudan and in Russia as she spread her social work experience to other parts of the world.

For the next month she will work on a United Nations project to assess the psychological and social needs of the refugees living around the Khyber Pass in northern Pakistan.

She said: "International organisations do not always think about people's indigenous coping strategies. Very often they import Western methods and sometimes that's not appropriate. My job will be to work with staff to identify levels of trauma and develop community-based response activities."

There are more than 100,000 Afghan refugees in Peshawar with women and children making up 96% of the total. Many people fled Afghanistan in 1979 after the Soviet invasion of their country, while others have left because of drought and economic pressures.

Ms Brady, who is 43, had just five days back at her Newcastle home before leaving for Pakistan.

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