There is no shortage of children in the MENA who have lived through traumatic experiences. Whether it be due to conflict, abuse, or persecution, large numbers of children across the region are in need of hope and healing. This is why SAT-7 KIDS is creating a new programme, due to be broadcast in early 2023, to help children suffering from trauma.
“Basically, the idea is that if a child (or anyone) has not addressed their trauma, they cannot connect with their family, with others, or with God,” says Mona Hennein, President and CEO of Life Focus, with whom SAT-7 Egypt have produced the programme. “So, if you want someone to know Christ, you need to address trauma.”
The 13-part series addresses trauma caused by poverty, domestic violence, sexual abuse, and religious persecution, through drama segments, entertainment, and Bible verses. Why Is That? aims to show young viewers that healing is possible and available for all broken hearts.
“We want children to learn that sometimes things go well, other times not, but it’s not your fault.
In the end you know that God is in control and God is there with you,” says Hennein.
But the show is not only for children, according to Andrea Zakaria, Executive Producer of Why Is That?
“Adults are the principal cause of children’s traumas, so we are trying to make the show as interesting as possible for parents,” he said. “I hope they will watch and see the effect of their actions on their children.”
Each episode begins with a drama segment featuring a problem or a traumatic event, and its effect on the children. After that, the children visit Geddo (Grandpa) in the attic. He helps them process what they experienced, before engaging with them in a game or an activity that explains a biblical truth. The aim is to shine a light on God’s presence in young people’s lives and encourage viewers to reach out to Him in times of trouble.
“The Bible says that when you experience trauma, God will be with you,” says Hennein. “He will help you and will give you the peace and the comfort that you need. The Gospel says that you need a saviour. You need Jesus as your friend, and He is there for you. It’s a free gift.”