Teachers as Therapists
Case two: Aida
This 11-year-old girl lived near Banjaluka with her parents and a 16-year-old brother. Recently, Aida has been having suicidal thoughts. Listen to her story:
"The grenades and shells explode all the time around town. My brother was in school when the grenades exploded on the school building. Many students were killed. My brother was one of them. They did not let me see his body. They told me it was hard to recognize him.
"I was supposed to be in school that day, but I did not go because I wasn't feeling well. I feel very bad for my brother. I feel very guilty. I was not a good sis ter-I often gave him a hard time. He used to spank me for my bad behavior.
"At times, I used to wish he would go away and never come back. I sometimes feel I killed him. I wished him dead, and now he is gone. I wish I was the one who was killed, instead of him."I can't sleep at night. I have nightmares. I wish he'd come back. I will be a good sister to him. If only he could come back."